News

Ghost hunters urged to take care

28 Oct 2016 09:05 AM

Badge 05 Tcm4 102012 [View Full Size]

Police are reminding thrill seeking ghost hunters not to fall foul of the law this Halloween, or put themselves in real danger.

The advice comes as officers have been called out to two premises in Northumberland after ghost hunters have gone onto to private land without permission.

In one instance a group making a spooky video got into the old Playhouse Building in Alnwick on Sunday October 23, the next night officers were again called after people on a ghost hunt attempted to get into a stable building in Chillingham Castle. In these cases advice has been given to the landowners and no offences have been committed.

Neighbourhood Inspector Liz Hall said: "We don't want to stop people having fun this Halloween, but we do want to make people aware that they must get permission from the landowner before entering buildings or land. If they don't then they are committing trespass and any damage caused would be treated as criminal damage and they could find themselves being arrested and brought before the courts.

"We also want to keep people safe and old, empty building which may seem fair game for a ghost hunt, may actually be rather dangerous. If you go inside an empty building you're also putting yourself at risk as some buildings may be in a poor state of repair and you could be injured.

"We want to encourage people to enjoy Halloween safely by attending an organised event or party, not by putting themselves in actual danger."