Ghost hunters have a captured spooky image of what they believe to be a ghost standing by an open window at an abandoned mental asylum.
The team of paranormal investigators said it also has video footage of “growling” and “screaming” noises at Pool Parc asylum in Ruthin, north Wales.
Six ghost hunters from the group Spirit Walkers went into the 200-year-old manor house armed with specialist equipment including night vision cameras and EVP (electronic voice phenomena) devices on August 10.
Beth Hopper, 32, who runs Spirit Walkers, said they only discovered the haunting images once they returned home. She said one image appears to show a shadowy figure standing next to a noose.
The mum from Chester, said: “We were filming through a broken window and I just can’t explain the growling sound I heard on the film when I got back to the car.
“It’s about one minute and five seconds into the footage, I thought: ‘What the hell is that?’
“I also got those screams on the electronic voice phenomena. It was quite disturbing. People have said to me they can hear the sound of torture.
“If you picture the mental asylum and what might’ve happened there, that might explain it. It is just a horrible sound.
“I’ve been there several times and have heard voices and footsteps. One girl said she felt a nurse was standing right in front of her in the dark.
“We’d also heard reports of an ex-patient there who thinks he’s a Roman soldier and who marches up and down the corridor and throws stones at people.
“I was glad to get out of there in the end! But then when we did we saw a noose hanging from a window that we hadn’t spotted with our torches before we went in.
“It wasn’t until I lightened the picture later that we saw what could be a figure in the window. It was pretty creepy.
“The spirits could be trying to send a signal of the pain they went through there. My team say spirits are drawn to me because of my bubbly personality.
“They use our energy so maybe they like me for that. The spirits say on Ouija boards that they like me and I’m like a mother to them.”
The group uses a range of ghost hunting equipment during its visits to haunted places, including cameras, night vision equipment, dowsing rods and Ouija boards.
It also uses white sage to purge an area of any malevolent spirits at the end of a visit.
Beth set up Spirit Walkers four months ago and the group already has 800 Facebook followers.
She added: “Some teams claim every piece of footage they get is paranormal but we’re not like that.
“We’re not trying to fool people but there are some things we’ve experienced that have been unexplainable.
“I’d always say to people that unless they come with us and experience it for themselves then they can’t tell me it’s not real.”
Pool Parc dates back to the 16th Century when it was home to the Salesbury family and the manor house was rebuilt for William Bagot, 2nd Baron Bagot, in the 1820s.
It was apparently lost in a bet by the Bagot family and was later sold to the District Health Authority, becoming a convalescent home and then an asylum, used as an overspill for North Wales Hospital in Denbigh before closing in 1989.