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Sightings of a Police Ghost

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The image of policemen getting into such a flap over a ghost made me laugh original.gif .

Story taken from The Sussex Express, 23rd January 2004.

The ghost of Lewes Police Station continues to tread an upstairs room, scaring staff with its spectral antics.

The situation is causing such concern that a police chaplain has been asked to pay the station a visit to discuss the situation. A service of blessing may have to be held in the sprawling Victorian building in West Street.

The Express broke the story exclusively on January 8 quoting police staff who said they had heard strange footsteps and noises coming from the first floor for some time.

The spectre had also been seen on the ground floor in police uniform. He was described as gaunt, slim, in his early 50s and wearing glasses. His face had also been seen looking from an upstairs window.

Since that article two more visitations have been reported.

Said Inspector Dave Padwick on Tuesday: 'Two weeks ago there was an incident in the cell area when people were being talked to in an interview room. 'A police officer and a member of the public saw the door handle click open. There was no draught and it should not have happened. There was no-one on the other side of the door. 'To say the least, they were a little put off by the incident. 'It is something we have to check out. We are not making this up.'

Last weekend, a member of the Force support staff was alone on the ground floor. The upstairs area was empty and locked up for security reasons at both ends, but the officer twice heard the distinctive footsteps of the 'ghost' above him.

He was so unnerved that he went upstairs and found the upstairs area still empty and locked up.

Now the station staff are waiting for specialised spiritual guidance.

A former Lewes police officer had a ghostly experience in Lewes Police Station in 1968. Don Marsh was with colleagues on the ground floor and the men decided to hold a séance.

They were sitting in a room that contained a plaque to police officers killed in action during World War One.

'We were linking hands and one of the officers called out the name of one of those as it appeared on the plaque " PC Budd, Leonard. A faint voice replied: 'Yes I can hear you. My name is Leonard Budd.' The officers rapidly ended their vigil.

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It's nice to have a stroy that isn't based at some Hotel or Pub , that needs tourists . Thank you Lottie. original.gif

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That's a great story, Lottie. I don't know how I missed this thread! rolleyes.gif

If you think about it, I suppose police officers must get their fair share (or unfair share wink2.gif ) of ghostly encounters, considering the weird hours they have to work.

Like all those who work night shifts, their bio-rhythms could be playing havoc, and the world around them will be that much quieter and still. Also, a police officer on the beat is actually alert for unusual sounds or noises.

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This is more anecdotal than a proper story, but it does concern a police officer on his beat.

It took place not far from where I live, in 1957, in Didsbury, South Manchester. A police officer was walking his beat on a clear moonlit night. In front of one of the houses, he noticed a dog walking across the lawn. The dog went behind a large tree, then vanished. The policeman was so curious, that he went back during the day to look at the spot.

He found a small moss-covered animal gravestone inscribed, `Paddy. Died, 2nd September 1913.'

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If you think about it, I suppose police officers must get their fair share (or unfair share wink2.gif ) of ghostly encounters, considering the weird hours they have to work.

Like all those who work night shifts, their bio-rhythms could be playing havoc, and the world around them will be that much quieter and still. Also, a police officer on the beat is actually alert for unusual sounds or noises.

I have as of yet had no experiance with the paranormal and I would probably be dismissed on grounds of mental health if I logged such a report laugh.gif

The only "ghostly" encounter I can think of that we've had was a domestic problem that was being blamed on a poltergeist.

We dont usually do foot patrols at night, only at the weekend in the city centre, and then I'm more concerned with drunken teenagers than ghosties wink2.gif

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Lewes Police Station is at the top of Sun Street, where until last year I used to live.

It is a fantastic town, full of history and in fact Sun Street is borderd by the site of a Roman camp, a demolished Navy Prison and the Town gallows and is overlooked by the town's castle.

I have visited the Police Station (no I wasn't under arrest) and it is a very creepy place. One part of the station was abandoned in the 50's or early 60's and still has the old gas lamp fittings on the walls.

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One part of the station was abandoned in the 50's or early 60's and still has the old gas lamp fittings on the walls.

Lewes is that kind of place. I like! I didn't know about the police station, but I seem to remember someone here mentioning the prison a while ago. There's also Anne of Cleves House, which has a couple of ghosts reputedly, and the site of the Battle of Lewes.

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Anne of Cleaves house is on the far side of the town, near the Roman wall that runs near the railway line. It's a stunning building and worth a look.

The Battle of Lewes apparently had one of President Bush's ancestors on one side and Clinton's on the other.

Americans love Lewes because of its connection with the War of Independence; Thomas Payne and a number of other revolutionaries used to meet at the White Heart Hotel, which is opposite the Crown Court.

You also had the protestant martyrs who were burned at the stake in the town.

Lewes drips history.

It also has some great pubs. thumbsup.gif

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but I seem to remember someone here mentioning the prison a while ago. 

Oops, it was me. blush.gif

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Actually Agent_21, Lewes used to have two prisons.

The one you refer to is the large one on the edge of town.

It is a huge, depressing looking building, with one of the highest suicide rates in the country.

It used to house one of the Kray twins.

The one I mentioned was the Naval Prison that used to sit behind Sun Street; it was demolished in the 60's (back in the days when they used to tear everything down) and is now the site of the Ambulance Centre. One wall of the prison remains running behind the centre.

During the Crimean War it housed Russian prisoners of war.

Another place of interest is the Snow Drop Inn, which was the scence of the worst avalanche in British or maybe English history, when 8 people were killed in the 1800's (hence the name of the pub). Not sure if the place is haunted though.

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