Memories of an Essex Ghosthunter - Wesley Downes

WESLEY Downes has spent 60 years as a psychic investigator, checking out ghost sightings around Essex. Now,to coincide with Halloween last week, he has written a book about his experiences. Memories of an Essex Ghosthunter (�8.99, Countryside Books) is fi

WESLEY Downes has spent 60 years as a psychic investigator, checking out ghost sightings around Essex.

Now,to coincide with Halloween last week, he has written a book about his experiences.

Memories of an Essex Ghosthunter (�8.99, Countryside Books) is filled with unexplained happenings and stories.

Wesley saw his first ghost in 1946 when he spotted an old school friend walking towards him in a village near Colchester.


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He later discovered the friend had died in the D-Day landings.

The book tells the story of a retired Chelmsford policeman-turned-exorcist, who was called in to get rid of a poltergeist when his neighbours came back from their Bonfire Night celebrations to find their front door open and water pouring through the ceiling. The furniture was damaged and crockery smashed.

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When they called in a plumber he was unable to stem the flow of water even though all the stopcocks were turned off.

Other chapters outline strange happenings at Basildon - a floating monk - Harlow, Clacton and Frinton.

The ghosts, which haunt the White Hart pub in Brentwood, are also mentioned.

- LINDSAY JONES

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