Ghost hunters plan vigil to capture nightclub's CCTV 'ghost'
GHOST hunters have been called to investigate a nightclub which captured a strange apparition on its CCTV cameras.
South-West Paranormal Investigations is planning to spend a night surveying Seventeen Black in Cirencester, after viewing the footage which shows a white orb moving around the dancefloor of the club.
Lead investigator of the Bristol-based ghost hunting group, Darren Walsh, is arranging for them to spend a night in the club next month.
SWPI uses equipment including night-vision cameras, electromagnetic fluctuation meters and digital voice recorders alongside non-scientific methods such as a medium, crystals and communication boards.
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"There's definitely some sort of spirit presence," Darren told the Echo after viewing the footage.
"Our medium, Tim Collett, said to me it might be the spirit of a little girl in Victorian clothing.
"Tim's very sensitive and can tap into these things."
Online Echo readers remain unconvinced the footage show anything out of the ordinary and that an insect is the most likely explanation.
Matt, from Cheltenham, said: "Watching the video I can see, even from its poor quality, it's a fly or spider, most likely very close to the lens of the camera. You can see faint outlines of its legs."
Douglas, from Dymock, added: "There is no such thing as ghosts. Every 'sighting' can be explained as either a hoax or a trick of the light."
But Darren, who is originally from Cirencester, insists that the CCTV footage does show something out of the ordinary.
He said: "I asked Dan (Lafford, club manager) to check there isn't a spider or web near the lens but I don't think it's that anyway – it's not characteristic of how a spider moves. It's too fast for a spider.
"Cirencester is definitely a hotspot for paranormal activity.
"The King's Head is a key place and we have done a vigil in The Bear pub which was very interesting."
"I'm happy for people to be sceptical, we have a sceptic in our group, Paul Ambrose, that's why he is in the group."
Darren added that he only started believing in the paranormal 15 years ago after his brother Dean died of a heroin overdose in Cirencester.
He said: "I was told afterwards by a medium that my brother stands by my side – she described him to me, right down to the ponytail."