Robert and Pauline and their son Barry have lived in the house in Gravesend, Kent, for 10 years
A family plagued by a ‘poltergeist’ set up cameras to capture its sinister tricks – and were left terrified when the footage revealed repeated paranormal activity .
Husband and wife Robert and Pauline and their son Barry, who withheld their surnames for fear of attracting flocks of ghost hunters, have lived in the house in Gravesend, Kent, for 10 years.
However around six years ago the family began noticing strange goings-on that centred around Barry, 33, and his bedroom – leading them to believe it could be a ‘portal’ to the other side.
Once friends and neighbours became too terrified to even visit their home, Robert decided to install CCTV cameras earlier this year to see if he could catch the ghoul.
Spooky footage shows a mug moving on its own as Barry tries to pour hot water into it and a pair of rubber gloves lift off the kitchen worktop and fly across the room.
Other videos reveal a chair turning around on its own and doors repeatedly opening and closing in the night.
The family have become so freaked out that they considered bringing in an exorcist or paranormal investigator to rid the house – but have held back ‘in case it is dead loved ones’.
Robert, 54, unemployed, said: “It’s a really freaky place to live. Friends and neighbours say they are scared to come round, particularly after dark. Not even to use the toilet.
“When anyone does come round, they shout ‘bye’ to the ghost too. Sometimes the doors slam after they do.
“We have talked about getting someone in to fight it but we won’t just in case [the ghost] is my mum and dad.”
Much of the activity centres around poor Barry and his bedroom.
Incidents include people seeing or hearing him in the house when he is not in, a black shape that follows him around and doors slamming.
Barry, a welder and martial artist, said: “I have seen that shadow three times in the house. But it tries to hide from me whenever I see it.
“One time when I was going down the stairs I felt this presence behind me and turned round and saw it.
“It’s definitely not my shadow but I can’t make out what it is as it’s like a black mass.
“I kept waking up at 3.47am and I heard a bang and when we checked downstairs, pictures had been thrown around.
“There was something making me feel scared. It wasn’t just in my head. There was definitely something in my room.
“It kept trying to wake me up. The way it moves is odd. I felt dread for the first time.
“In the end we decided we had to get footage as something was obviously there and we wanted to prove it.
“So we put cameras around our home to see if we could capture it.
“When we caught the cup move on CCTV, at first I thought it could have been water that it slid on. But I checked and the surface was bone dry.
“Mum wouldn’t let me get away without drying the pots properly so I know the cup was dry too.
“I feel as if there’s something attached to me. I don’t know what it is.
“I don’t think whatever it is are family members. If it was, they wouldn’t make us feel like this.
“It’s something else. It’s not human. I think it’s a demon.
“It reminds me of that film Insidious, especially the big black thing I keep seeing.”
Pauline, 52, said: “I believe it is a monk that’s haunting our house. I know what I saw – it was not a figment of my imagination.
“Barry’s bedroom could be a port hole. It’s following my son.”
Robert explained that Barry had seen the black shape once before when Barry was just eight or nine and he had to save his young son from climbing out of the window as it was ‘calling him’.
Robert said: “We have another photo of a grey shape we caught on the stairs. No one smokes in the house.
“People come up with different ideas and I’m not saying the house is definitely haunted but there’s something going on. We don’t know what it is.
“My mum believed all of this paranormal stuff and she said she could talk to the dead.
“It was only after she came round to the house that these things started happening.”