Werewolves in Staffordshire
If you’re a fan of horror films, you’ll know a werewolf is a person who changes into a wolf-like creature when the moon is full. But did you know Staffordshire is the place to visit if you want to see one?
A new supernatural survey – the Fringe Weird report – says there have been 20 reported Werewolf sightings on Cannock Chase.
The report has been put together by Lionel Fanthorpe – who’s a leading figure in paranormal research – by studying police reports and archives of groups who explore ghostly and unexplained events.
The survey shows that a paranormal group visited Cannock Chase in 1975 with several of them claiming they saw a snarling beast ‘rear up onto it’s hind legs and run off into the bushes’.
What lurks in the woods of the Chase?
But there have been more recent ‘sightings’. In April 2007, the Stafford post newspaper ran a report which said the West Midlands Ghost Club had been called in to investigate calls from people who’d seen a ‘werewolf-type creature’ prowling around the Chase.
Several people claimed they’d seen the ‘wolf’ walking on it’s hind legs in the German War Cemetery on Camp Road.
The WM Ghost Club took what it called ‘credible eyewitness accounts’ from a local scout master and postman, who claimed they’d come face to face with the Werewolf.
They said they thought it was a large dog until it raised itself up to it’s full height of which was almost 7 foot tall. It darted into the bushes when it was startled.
The Cannock Chase Post ran a story a month later in which it quoted a un-named paranormal expert who claimed the werewolf sightings could actually be a ‘subterranean stone-age throwback’.
He offered the theory that the creatures could have lived and thrived in the old mines under Cannock Chase for centuries, coming up to the surface via old earthworks to hunt, for local deer.
He also claimed that there had been a number of domestic pet disappearances in the area around the War Cemetery - especially dogs who’re let off their leads while out on walks.
Werewolf or not, there’s no doubt there’s something spooky about Cannock Chase.
There have been a number of sightings of a big cat which people believed to be a leopard or panther, and was an unwanted pet that has been released into the wild.
The area was also named in a Ministry of Defence report in 2008 as a hot-spot for reported UFO activity.
De-classified Government documents showed accounts of silent balls of light circling Pye Green Tower, cigar-shaped tubes flying over Burntwood, and a 10ft light hovering over the Stafford Road.
The documents - dated from 1986 to 1992 – revealed a number of letters sent between MoD officers and Staffordshire Police to try and explain the objects in the sky.
last updated: 29/09/2009 at 12:50
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