REPORTS of terrifying "hauntings" have prompted police to break into this house in west Hull. The owner of 39 De Grey Street believes the seven-bedroom house is haunted, with mediums reporting an evil force lurking inside. Dubbed The Hostel by ghost hunters, one woman claims she was pulled by her legs across the room and then pushed backwards with force, while a man describes being dragged from a chair and held against the wall by unseen hands.
The semi-detached house has also been the scene of chairs moving, objects flying through the air and candles blowing themselves out. And with talk of the property having a very dark and sinister past, ghost-hunters claim phantom faces at the window have even led to police investigations. "I lived in the house by myself, and I came downstairs to find steak knives balanced on the plates in the drying rack," said owner Andy Yates. Previous owners have also witnessed paranormal activity, with some spirits becoming violent. "When I put the house up for rent, a woman who had lived there 24 years previously contacted me on Facebook," said Andy. "She told me she had been dragged out of bed and strangled but when the police turned up they told her off and that it was all just a hoax. Just as they were about to leave, a bookcase fell on them, and they ran straight out of the house."
Building clairvoyant medium Jolene Lockwood described the house as "horrific" after paying it a visit where she sensed the presence of an evil entity and a child. "As soon as I walked into the house I just felt this horrific energy," she said. "Then I noticed a woman on the stairs who I believe had been drugged." Along with her business partner Clare Burrows, Ms Lockwood says she discovered a sinister force in the back bedroom after hearing "growling" and feeling the presence of an "aggressive" man. A paranormal investigation is being held tonight at the house, which is fully booked, but those brave enough, and over 18, can sleep over at "The Hostel" on Friday, May 13. Tickets cost £65 and sleeping bags and warm clothes are required.
• House owner Andy Yates found steak knives, which were originally in a drawer, balancing on plates in the drying rack after he had left the room for half an hour. • Andy and a friend returned to the house after a break from wallpapering to find three wall scrapers balanced on the top of the staircase. • A previous owner claimed to have been dragged out of bed by an unknown force. When the police arrived, a bookcase fell on them, forcing them to flee the property. • The shadow of a child was seen hovering in front of the fireplace for 15 minutes before disappearing. People have claimed to have been touched and their hair and clothes pulled in the cupboard under the stairs. • Phone batteries are said to go from full to empty in the space of half an hour. • A visitor appeared to be possessed by a spirit, which admitted killing several children.
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