10 Feb 2012
Mum forced to flee haunted flat faces 100 per cent rent increase
Feb 10 2012 Exclusive by David Taylor
A MUM forced to flee a haunted flat has had to move into a new pad – costing twice as much in rent.
Ashley Summers, 26, says she has been left with no option after spooky goings-on in her home.
She has spent thousands of pounds decorating the housing association flat she has lived in for seven years but the unexplained events left her fearing for her kids’ safety.
Now she is having to move to escape the spirit despite her rent rising from £300 to £600 a month.
The Record told yesterday how Ashley has heard voices, had objects including shoes and a mobile phone fly at her, and found pots and pans strewn across the floor.
Her youngest son David, four, has told her he has been chatting to a bald man with an eye injury, when there is no one else in the house.
She has turned to two spiritualists for help, as well as a priest who blessed the house, but none of them could get rid of the spirit.
Ashley, whose other son Lee is eight, is moving from the flat in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, to a new town.
She has hit back at rumours she is making the story up to get a new council house.
Care assistant Ashley said: “People say I’m making this up to get a new council house but I’m not even on the list for a council house.
“I’m having to get a private let which is costing me double but I’m really scared for my children, so feel we have no option but to move.
“If someone told me what I’ve experienced, I probably wouldn’t believe them but I can’t find any explanation.”
The problems started three years ago and she moved out of the flat last week to live with family until her new home is ready.
David has told her the ghost has told him it won’t hurt him but is going to hurt anyone else in the flat.
She says he goes from being a “well behaved wee boy” to “being naughty” when he is in the flat.
After getting spiritualist advice, Ashley spread flour on her kitchen to see if the spirit could communicate with her.
She returned to find a D-shaped pattern in the flour, with a finger pointing at it.
Ashley said: “I have the only keys so there is no way it could be someone playing a trick.”