As Hallowe’en approaches, witches, werewolves, vampires and zombies have all been reported on the prowl across Britain.
The 999 calls include poltergeists stealing house and car keys, a devil possessing a doll on a sofa, werewolves trying to open a front door and the walking dead running across fields.
Not surprisingly, officers advised some callers to stop drinking and get some sleep, notified social services and when they did go round to homes, they found the alleged ghosts were actually just shadows on a wall.
In none of the 359 cases over the past five years did officers find evidence to back up the callers’ fears.
After investigating reports of zombies in Wales, officers actually found there was a horror film being shot at Pembrey, Carmarthenshire.
The call for the Ghostbusters team, from the Eighties comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray, was logged by police in Maidstone, Kent, as a hoax.
In none of the 359 cases over the past five years did officers find evidence to back up the callers’ fears
Details of the calls made to 17 forces across England and Wales were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
Among the 26 calls to Gloucestershire Police was one from a woman saying a poltergeist had locked her out of her home after she returned from “dinner” at a pub.
Avon and Somerset Police received a report that a poltergeist had “moved things around and deleted files from a laptop”.
Norfolk Police logged five sightings of vampires, Merseyside Police were called seven times about ghosts, witches and a vampire, while Hertfordshire Police recorded seven ghostly reports and one about an “immortal bloodsucker”.