An experienced ghost hunter claims to have captured the terrifying image of a woman in the grounds of a historic 15th Century building.
Erica Gregory, 49, spent the night with other members of her paranormal activity group in Turton Tower in Bolton, Lancashire - in a bid to gather physical evidence showing the presence of something out there.
The group spent most of their time indoors but it was Erica’s impromptu trip outside for a bit of fresh air that unearthed the most exciting discovery of the evening.
Erica said: ‘When outside I saw an old tree, it must have been about 100 years old. Looking at the tree, I felt there was a kind of mist forming around it.
'I took a picture of it on my camera phone and when I got back inside I added an infrared filter to the back and was shocked to see the image looked like a woman in a long dress peering out from behind the tree.
'You can see the energy of the shape - it’s bright in comparison to the tree that just looks grey.
'In my mind, if the picture is picking up an energy there has to be something there.
'Sadly, we couldn’t use the voice recorder outside because it was so windy.’
The main source of physical evidence came from the recorders that Erica’s group uses to record electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) which is commonly heard in the background.
She continued: 'We don’t expect to get things every time but we began to pick up voices on our recorders as soon as we got into the hall.
'We arrived at 7:30pm and we had it booked out until 4am. We split up into small groups and we picked up a male spirit and the spirit of a young girl.
'We also picked up the name Eddie - if anyone knows of anybody with that name that might have any affiliation to Turton Tower.’
Erica says that she has been interested in paranormal activity since she was a young girl but set up the Worsley Paranormal Group 12 years ago, after her father’s death.
She said: 'Things started happening around the time of my father’s death. My mother moved into my grandmother’s house and there was a lot activity - we started smelling tobacco and door bells starting ringing.
'That’s when we set up the group - I wanted to understand what was happening.’
Since then Erica, husband, Paul, 51, and her children have investigated paranormal activity together and even go to private houses to conduct private investigations.
Erica said: ‘We’ve been to small houses that have had more paranormal activity that Turton Tower.
‘We’ve given messages and names to people before and given messages to family.
‘I believe we are the most dedicated group in the country. Anybody can hear voices or see things but I believe that we are more sensitive and I really do believe that they trust us.’