Spooky Calderdale Hallowe’en special: The full list of calls made to police about supernatural activity in Yorkshire

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ON Saturday the Courier itemised the calls made to police in Calderdale regarding supernatural activity.

Today we give a full list of all calls made to West Yorkshire police over the last five years.

Of them, 96 were about witches and UFOs and 46 about ghosts, vampires, zombies and werewolves.

• April 2006: Otley: Caller reporting ghosts

• June 2006: Keighley: Reference made to witchcraft

• June 2006: Huddersfield: Person claims to have been assaulted by witch

• June 2006: Leeds: UFO sighting

• June 2006: Leeds: Caller states intent to get in touch with witch doctor

• July 2006: Dewsbury: Caller claims to be a witch

• Aug 2006: Halifax: Reference made to witchcraft

• Sept 2006: Bradford: Jewellery misplaced by ghosts

• Sept 2006: Huddersfield: Believes ghosts responsible for turning taps on whilst caller was out of the house

• Sept 2006: Leeds: Caller claims to be a witch

• Sept 2006: Leeds: Person claims to be hiding from UFOs and aliens

• Sept 2006: Huddersfield: Caller believes there is a witch

• Sept 2006: Bradford: Caller threatened with use of witchcraft

• Sept 2006: Halifax: Caller believes ghost responsible for theft of handbag

• Oct 2006: Leeds: Person claims to be a witch

• Oct 2006: Dewsbury: Witches broomstick stolen

• Oct 2006: Caller reporting distressed female - will not approach as he believed her to be a ghost

• Nov 2006: Todmorden: Caller claims to be a witch

• Nov 2006: Burmnatofts: Caller (from hospital) reporting seeing ghosts and acting strangely

• Nov 2006: Pontefract: Caller reports having eight ghosts in the house with him

• Nov 2006: Leeds: Caller reporting unknown woman in his house (a ghost?) and saying his house is haunted

• Dec 2006: Caller reporting hearing footsteps in house and seeing ghosts which enter the house through reflections in the bedroom cabinet

• Dec 2006: Bradford: Caller reported her partner wa trying to stab ghosts and other unseen figures

• Jan 2007: Wakefield: Man claims “it” (ghost) will want money off him - later admitted to officers attending that he may have been dreaming

• Mar 2007: Leeds: Caller believes family members are witches

• May 2007: Caller reported a ghost in the back garden

• June 2007: Leeds: Caller reporting having been woken up by a laughing ghost and that there were three currently locked in the house

• June 2007: Wakefield: Caller (from hospital) reporting vampires in the room next door

• June 2007: Leeds: Reference made to witchcraft

• June 2007: Batley: Reference made to witchcraft

• July 2007: Huddersfield: Caller (in drink) reports hearing noises in the house and mentions ghosts

• Aug 2007: Bradford: Caller reported a ticking noise coming from the cupboard and that she was talking to people who did not exist [they are] ghosts

• Sept 2007: Huddersfield: Caller seen strange light, believing it to be a UFO

• Oct 2007: Bradford: Caller believes there is a witch doctor

• Oct 2007: Pontefract: Caller seen two lights, believing them to be UFOs

• Nov 2007: Dewsbury: Person claimed to have seen UFO

• Jan 2008: Leeds: Person believes other to be witch

• Feb 2008: Keighley: Caller believes neighbours are going to kill her which appears to be linked to her belief that she is a ‘vampire from the grave’

• Feb 2008: Huddersfield: Caller believes witchcraft been used

• Feb 2008: Keighley: Caller seen lights, believing them to be UFOs

• Mar 2008: Huddersfield: Caller wants to go outside and run around with UFOs

• Mar 2008: Bradford: Reference made to witchcraft

• Apr 2008: Keighley: Caller seen lights, believing them to be UFOs

• Apr 2008: Castleford: Caller reports having seeing ghosts, seems aware these are hallucinations having taken drugs and visited the hospital beforehand

• Apr 2008: Bradford: Caller believes that all people will all turn into werewolves

• Apr 2008: Bradford: Caller reports having seen a ghost in the neighbour’s garden and believes there is a dead body there

• May 2008: Leeds: Caller threatened by person claiming to be a witch

• June 2008: Ilkley: Caller seen lights, believing them to be UFOs

• June 2008: Ilkley: Caller seen orange objects in sky, believing them to be UFOs

• June 2008: Huddersfield: Caller believes witch has cast spells

• June 2008: Wakefield: Caller seen lights, believing them to be UFOs

• July 2008: Huddersfield: Caller seen orange / grey flying saucer shape with orange lights underneath

• July 2008: Leeds: Caller claims to have seen UFO

• July 2008: Wakefield: Caller claims to have seen UFO

• July 2008: Leeds: Caller claims to have seen several UFOs

• July 2008: Leeds: Reference made to UFO

• Aug 2008: Huddersfield: Caller reports seeing a fireball

• Aug 2008: Leeds: Caller seen white light in sky

• Aug 2008: Keighley: Caller seen bright light in sky

• Aug 2008: Holmfirth: Caller seen lights moving in formation

• Sept 2008: Leeds: Caller talking about ghosts and wanting to get away before she is sectioned

• Sept 2008: Keighley: Caller seen spherical objects in sky

• Sept 2008: Leeds: Caller seen orb shape with disc underneath

• Sept 2008: Bradford: Caller claims witch has made prediction

• Sept 2008: Batley: Caller seen bright orange lights in sky

• Oct 2008: Wakefield: Caller claims to have seen UFO

• Oct 2008: Wakefield: Caller seen orange ball in sky

• Nov 2008: Leeds: Person believes other to be a witch

• Nov 2008: Calderdale: UFO sighting

• Nov 2008: Leeds: Caller seen lights in sky

• Dec 2008: Sowerby Bridge: Caller believes there are ghosts of little boys playing cricket at the end of the garden

• Dec 2008: Bradford: Caller seen white and red light in sky

• Dec 2008: Leeds: UFO sighting

• Dec 2008: Dewsbury: UFO sighting

• Dec 2008: Wakefield: Caller seen 3 orange lights

• Dec 2008: Huddersfield: Caller seen object with balloon top and lights underneath

• Jan 2009: Halifax: UFO sighting

• Feb 2009: Leeds: Caller seen objects, suspect chinese lanterns

• Feb 2009: Bradford: Caller seen lights

• Feb 2009: Huddersfield: Caller accused of using witchcraft

• Feb 2009: Bradford: Caller (in drink) believes ghosts are telling her husband to harm her

• Feb 2009: Bradford: Caller afraid to enter his home due to ghosts

• Apr 2009: Leeds: Caller seen orange light in sky

• Apr 2009: Keighley: Caller seen lights circling in sky

• Apr 2009: Holmfirth: Caller seen black spherical object, 12m across travelling 500mph

• Apr 2009: Bradford: Caller believes the mother of four boys who are ‘after’ him is a ghost and is listening in to what he is saying

• Apr 2009: Batley: Caller’s fridge has been moved and she believes this to be due to either a break-in or ghosts - no property has been taken

• June 2009: Bradford: Caller seen pulsating coloured lights in sky

• June 2009: Knottingley: Caller believes witches responsible for damage

• June 2009: Pontefract: Caller reports seeing ghosts and is defending herself with a fencing sword

• July 2009: Halifax: Caller claims other involved in witchcraft

• July 2009: Bradford: Caller claims to be a witch

• July 2009: Wakefield: Caller seen object on fire in sky

• Aug 2009: Wakefield: Caller seen teacake shape with orange lights in sky

• Aug 2009: Batley: Caller reporting seeing ghosts and faces in the kitchen with him at time of call

• Aug 2009: Brighouse: Caller reported her friend suddenly and unexpectedly leaving her house after a visit and was concerned for her safety. On attendance it transpired the friend had been dead for some time so the caller believed she had seen the ghost of her friend

• Sept 2009: Leeds: Caller believes witch is trying to access property

• Sept 2009: Leeds: UFO sighting

• Sept 2009: Leeds: Caller seen large orange ball in sky

• Sept 2009: Huddersfield: Caller seen 235 objects in sky with orange lights

• Sept 2009: Leeds: Male in the house states he has been thrown down the stairs, believed poltergeist activity - this was witnessed by friends in the house

• Oct 2009: Leeds: Male (in drink) asking for help with ghosts and devil

• Oct 2009: Shipley: Caller believes witch is threatening to attack

• Oct 2009: Leeds: Caller seen bright orange ball shape in sky

• Dec 2009: Leeds: Caller seen orange UFO

• Dec 2009: Leeds: Caller seen pink/red disk in sky

• Dec 2009: Bradford: Male shouting various things to operator, amongst which he has seen the ghost of a boy and is very frightened by this

• Dec 2009: Keighley: Confused male reporting seeing ghosts in his house

• Dec 2009: Castleford: Caller reporting visit from two police officers he believes to be ghosts due to the fact they put their heads through his walls

• Jan 2010: Leeds: Caller seen 300-400 UFOs

• Jan 2010: Leeds: Caller believes there is witchcraft / black magic in house

• Feb 2010: Bradford: Male shouting various things to operator, amongst which he has seen the ghost of a boy and is very frightened by this

• Feb 2010: Keighley: Security guard reporting sounds of people running on the rooves, no footprints - caller believes this is ghosts

• Mar 2010: Leeds: Caller rambling about variety of strange things, including vampires

• Mar 2010: Ilkley: Caller received threats by phone that witches will get them

• Mar 2010: Shipley: Caller believes family member being held against will and males trying to use witchcraft

• Apr 2010: Leeds: Caller believes there is a ghost in the house

• Apr 2010: Bradford: Caller believes witches are at house

• Apr 2010: Knottingley: Caller seen UFO, trianglular with orange lights

• May 2010: Halifax: Caller seen bright light moving through sky

• May 2010: Bradford: Caller seen lights in sky and dark object moving towards them

• May 2010: Wakefield: Caller seen illuminated objects in sky, possibly balloon shaped

• June 2010: Leeds: Reference made to witchcraft

• June 2010: Leeds: Caller seen bright orange lights in sky

• June 2010: Leeds: Caller reporting vampire sheep outside her door

• June 2010: Knottingley: Caller reporting seeing ghosts and wanting to self-harm

• July 2010: Wetherby: Caller seen lights moving in sky

• July 2010: Knottingley: Caller believes to have been poisoned, like witches do

• July 2010: Knottingley: Caller believes to be subject of witch magic and cigarettes stolen

• Aug 2010: Leeds: Caller seen UFOs with flashing lights beneath, moving in formation

• Aug 2010: Leeds: Caller seen bright orange light in sky

• Aug 2010: Bradford: Caller seen 12 groups of lights in sky, each one like three stacked lights

• Sept 2010: Dewsbury: Caller believes they are a witch

• Sept 2010: Huddersfield: Caller believes ghosts in the house are going to ‘get’ her

• Sept 2010: Keighley: Caller reporting that vampires and demons come into the hosue at night and take her husband and children

• Dec 2010: Leeds: Caller believes under the influence of witchcraft

• Jan 2011: Wakefield: Caller reporting that he is being tormented by ghosts

• Feb 2011: Halifax: Caller reporting things being moved around in the house and believes a ghost is to blame

• Feb 2011: Wakefield: Caller reporting missing jewellery, believes it is the ghost of a deceased relative who is reponsible

• Feb 2011: Liversedge: Caller reporting missing items from house - believes a ghost is responsible

• Mar 2011: Halifax: Caller believes to have Russian witch inside her

• Mar 2011: Shipley: Caller believes witch doctors are in house

Calls like those above are often genuinely made, say police.

Acting Superintendent Mick Hanks said: “Some of these calls will no doubt have been made in the real belief of having seen something out of the ordinary.

“However a great many are just completely inappropriate.”

Each year police handle a huge variety of calls.

“Other calls include someone reporting a broken freezer while still under warranty, a missing packet of rice from a cupboard and for advice on a mobile phone contract.”

He said: “They are just the tip of the iceberg of the countless inappropriate calls we get every year – each of which hinders the police trying to help those in genuine need.”

Police handle over 2.5m calls each year to their 999 number and to 0845 6060606 and Acting Supt Hanks said it took around a minute for operators to assess the calls.

“It might not sound much but if someone is trying to get through to report a life-of-death emergency then a minute is a long time.”