Woman hears ‘ghostly footsteps’ in ‘haunted’ army barracks – Liverpool Echo


A group of paranormal investigators were shocked by the sound of footsteps echoing through a deserted building.

The three-strong party from Paranormal Hauntings travelled to Mill Street Barracks in St Helens, which has been the home of many reported ghost sightings over the years.

The expedition was live streamed on Facebook, with a static camera catching the sound of ‘ghostly footsteps’ in the empty building.

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Charlene Kemp, who travelled to the site from Nottingham with her two fellow investigators, said she used a “spirit box” to communicate with a nurse called Claire.

A spirit box is a radio with a frequency scan mode that some ghost hunters claim allows communication with spirits.

Charlene said: “It’s rare that we get such active nights.

“We used a spirit box to communicate with a nurse, whose name was Claire.

“I’m in the medical profession myself, and I asked her about the pandemic, as she was looking after patients during the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918. There were bangs coming from the main hall, which is where patients were kept.

“We then decided to leave a static camera rolling, so there was no contamination from our presence. There was no-one in the building but it was being streamed live on Facebook. When we played it back, we heard the sound of footsteps walking.”

The former Merseyside barracks has previously been ranked as one of the UK’s most terrifying places and is said to be haunted by a “three-legged dog” and other spirits.

Mill Street Barracks in St Helens was converted for use by the local sea cadet branch, but over the years the 19th century building has become a well-known spot for sighting spirits and paranormal activity.

Built in 1861, it accommodated many different army units and served as a morgue during both world wars. In both 2019 and 2020, it was listed in the top 100 most haunted places in the UK following a study by paranormal website HiggyPop.

The area is rumoured to be the home of plenty of paranormal activity, including the ghost of the former caretaker’s dog, Bruce and after the First World War, it acted as an isolation unit for patients with tuberculosis, many of whom died there.

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Visitors of the barracks have alleged they’ve heard footsteps, marching, echoing shouts and voices, whilst others claim to have seen the ghost of a woman known only as Claire.

In 2016, investigators from Simply Ghost Nights, a “professional ghost-hunting company,” had permission to explore the drill hall, bunk rooms and notorious cellars.

The ECHO previously reported how a man called Jack is among the most frequently reported ghosts, known for harassing female visitors on the upper floors a black dog called Bruce, missing a leg, has also been reported, apparently searching for his former master.

Others have previously claimed they had seen the “Angry Man” in the building’s old accommodation block who has been blamed for pushing people into walls.

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