Nottinghamshire Police witchcraft, ghost and UFO reports

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Nottinghamshire Police received more than 80 reports of ghosts, witchcraft and UFO sightings in the last six years.

The force revealed there were 46 reports of witchcraft, three UFO sightings and 34 incidents involving ghosts.

Ch Insp Ted Antill said there were calls where officers did attend the scene of "ghost sightings".

He confirmed the UFO sightings were "exclusively" Chinese lanterns.

Paul Stevenson, from Haunted Magazine based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, submitted the Freedom of Information request to the police which led to the disclosure of the figures.

He said he was "very surprised" by the amount the police had received.

Ch Insp Antill said there are calls which at first appear to be "serious incidents", like intruders in the property, but turn out "to be of the ghost nature."

"When we have started interviewing people they talked about relatives that had just died and [they said] it could have been the ghosts of these people."

The Freedom of Information Act allows a right of access to recorded information held by public authorities.

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