Published on 29/01/2008
A STARTLED Carlisle mum believes she has photographed a ghost on her mobile phone.
Stephanie Harty, 24, recorded the image at her home in Botcherby while taking a video clip of her two-year-old daughter Abigail.
When she played the clip back, she was horrified to see what she says appears to be a woman in the doorway behind Abigail.
Miss Harty, of Borland Avenue, said: “It completely freaked me out.
“You can clearly see a woman dressed in Victorian-style clothes.
“There was nobody else in the house, so it can only have been a ghost.
“I was terrified. I kept all the lights on that night and haven’t been able to sleep there since.”
The incident happened on Friday evening.
The next day Miss Harty moved in with her mum Anne in Moorhouse Road.
She plans to return to Borland Avenue soon.
The property is rented from Carlisle Housing Association. Miss Harty moved there last summer and says nothing unusual has happened before.
She added: “I’m going to ask Carlisle Housing if there is anything they can do.
“If they offered me another house I’d take it but I doubt very much they would.”
A spokeswoman for the housing association promised to look at Miss Harty’s case sympathetically.
She said: “We don’t have a policy [on ghosts] in place.
“But where there is a situation causing distress to tenants, we offer support and assistance where we can.”
This is the second report of a ghost in a Carlisle Housing Association property in the space of 12 months.
Paranormal investigators were called to Mardale Avenue, Raffles, last year after a family claimed they were plagued by a poltergeist.
Mum-of-three Allison Marshall complained of flying objects, flashing lights and unexplained noises.
Investigators from Scottish Paranormal spent the night there and identified the poltergeist as the ghost of a former neighbour.
They carried out a cleansing ceremony and, since then, Mrs Marshall says there have been no more ghostly goings on.
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