The PSI team
A Swindon-based ghost-hunting team is determined to uncover strange phenomena in spooky Wiltshire.
Paranormal Site Investigators (PSI) is a group recently founded by Swindon-based ghostbusters Nicky Sewell and Dave Wood.
They are dedicated to researching and investigating paranormal phenomena in the county and the group's ultimate aim is to add to the current debate within the field of paranormal research by hopefully gathering and critically assessing hard evidence.
Nicky Sewell explained her reasons for founding the organisation: "I developed an interest in the paranormal when I saw my first ghost at the age of six in the Channel Islands where I grew up.
"I have been actively investigating for the last two years in another area of the country. When we moved to Wiltshire we established Paranormal Site Investigators to regularly investigate Wiltshire's many haunted places.
"The response we have had has been phenomenal; many venues have come forward wanting rational, scientific analysis of their building."
They then provide the venue's owners with a record of all activity experienced and recorded, any photographic evidence and a historical research report of the venue, married with any relevant findings.
There are no proton packs for these ghostbusters however, the heavy duty equipment PSI uses to record their findings includes camcorders with infrared boosters, digital cameras, 35mm cameras, electro-voice phenomena (EVP) recorders, electro-magnetic frequency motion sensors and laser temperature gauges.
Their investigations have already borne fruit as co-founder Dave Wood explained: "I was understandably sceptical when I first got involved," he said. "But since then I have experienced everything from dark figures to movement of objects.
"We hope to contribute to the level of evidence of the paranormal and maybe one day find real proof of the existence of ghosts."
The group is committed to widening participation and access within the paranormal research. Membership is free of charge and members are invited to apply to become ‘guest investigators’.
This will allow members of the public – following a vetting process – to participate in a paranormal investigation. For further information about how to get involved, visit the PSI website by clicking the link on the right.
Nicky and Dave have agreed to provide BBC Wiltshire with exclusive reports from their upcoming investigations which will include detailed information on their findings and photos.
Click the link on the right to read a report of their investigation of The Red Lion pub in Avebury on 1st October 2004.
last updated: 04/12/2008 at 14:18
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