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« on: October 12, 2015, 02:16:28 am »

Playful spook said to haunt fancy dress shop
Posted on Monday, 5 October, 2015



A mischievous spirit is said to haunt The Party Shop in Mold, Flintshire. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Strange disturbances attributed to the ghost of a little girl have been reported in the store for years.
Owner Katy Duplock bought The Party Shop in Flintshire, Wales four years ago and has since experienced a number of unusual occurrences including loud thumping sounds, sightings of a mysterious 'mist' in the cellar and reports of a small child's face peering out of the windows.

Locals believe that the ghost is that of a young girl named Sarah whose skeletal remains were allegedly found buried within the building's basement many years ago.

"Whenever we lose something, we ask Sarah to help find it, and minutes later there it is," said Duplock. "I'm sure she's friendly so it doesn't bother me."

Back when she originally bought the shop off its previous owner Duplock had been warned about a mysterious presence in the building and it wasn't long before she experienced it for herself.

"It didn't put me off. I've always been interested in the paranormal," she said. "Often we hear a huge thud somewhere, like someone falling over. I always go and have a look upstairs but there's no-one there. We only have two of us on the shop floor so there's no way it could be someone else."

"Customers hear it too and ask us 'What was that?' But I'm used to it."

   
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2015, 02:18:06 am »


Fancy dress shop haunted by ghost of child says checkout ghoul has become 'valuable member of staff'

    15:58, 5 Oct 2015
    Updated 18:35, 5 Oct 2015
    By Anna Roberts

Katy Duplock regularly hears thuds from empty rooms within the store and has seen a "strange mist" in the air where human bones believed to belong to a young girl were once discovered.

A fancy dress shop owner has told of how one of her most valuable members of staff is a GHOST who helps find missing items.

Katy Duplock, 39, regularly hears thuds from empty rooms within the store, and has seen a "strange mist" in the air over a spot in the cellar where, according to local legend, human bones believed to belong to a young girl were once discovered.

But Katy believes the spook – who has been named Sarah – is friendly, adding that she is a " valuable member of staff ".
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2015, 02:18:52 am »



Spectre: Katy inside her haunted shop where floorboards creak and mist appears

She said: "Whenever we lose something, we ask Sarah to help find it, and minutes later there it is.

"I'm sure she's friendly so it doesn't bother me. She's never hurt anyone before so I don't see why she would now."

Katy, who owns The Party Shop in Mold, Flintshire, only recalls one experience where she felt afraid.
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2015, 02:19:25 am »




Halloween: Customers saw a face in this window display

She said: "I was down in the cellar and saw a mist form over where the bones were found.

"I thought I had something in my eye, but I rubbed it and the mist was still there.

"I asked her to go away because it was freaking me out and the mist vanished."

The legend of the haunted shop is well known within in the town, with number of locals claiming to have seen a young girl's face peering out of one of the shop's upstairs windows.

When Katy bought the shop four years ago, its previous owner warned of how the till would ring up when no-one was using it.

Then, she began to experience spooky goings on of her own.
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2015, 02:20:22 am »



Brave: Katy in the cellar of her haunted shop where a helpful ghost is said to live

She said: "It didn't put me off. I've always been interested in the paranormal.

"At 9am most days there's a crack in the ceiling. It sounds like someone getting out of bed," she said.

"Often we hear a huge thud somewhere, like someone falling over.

"I always go and have a look upstairs but there's no-one there. We only have two of us on the shop floor so there's no way it could be someone else.

"Customers hear it too and ask us 'What was that?' But I'm used to it."

Katy said the spirit becomes particularly busy once the shop receives its Halloween shipment.

"We had our delivery two weeks ago. We keep it in a room over the shop upstairs," she said.

"Once we get that in there's always lots of banging about. I think she must be scared of the spooky stuff."

Far from being a poltergeist pest, the spirit helps staff locate missing items within the shop.
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Owner: Katy outside her haunted shop

She said: "Sometimes there'll be an outfit that's gone missing. Once, we couldn't find this gold jacket for love nor money. The girls and I searched high and low all day.

"We usually know exactly where everything is, so we'd looked through every rack on the shop floor but it wasn't there.

"My colleague asked Sarah to help us find it, and, at that moment, I found it on a rack I'd just checked. It hadn't been there before and it just seemed to suddenly appear.

"That's happened lots of times."

But, she said her staff were sometimes scared by Sarah's eerie presence.

She said: "When one of the girls went down in the cellar the light was turning itself on. There was banging too.

"She came back up and said she was never going down into the cellar again."

PA Real Life The window of Katys shop where locals have seen a face
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Chilling: The window of Katy's shop where locals have seen a face

Previously, a paranormal investigation team were invited into the shop.

"There were lots of readings on their machines. We asked the spirit if it could repeat our names," said Katy.

"One of the team was called Victoria. We asked it to repeat her name. We clearly heard it say Victoria slowly."

Most recently, a stack of hats that had been firmly wedged into a shelf fell over just as staff were discussing Sarah.
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Spook: The window of Katy's shop where locals have seen a face

Another time, a cold mist suddenly spread over Katy's chest, despite the fact she was in a warm room.

"I still freak out now and again, but I have to just get used to it because I have to work here," said Katy.

"I try and get the reasonable explanation first. If I hear a noise on the stairs, I check if something has fallen or if somebody has come in, but some if it is just unexplainable.

"You do think to yourself: 'is it coincidence or is there something really going on?"'
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2015, 02:22:43 am »

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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2015, 02:27:32 am »

I doubt anyone here is in any position to test this at all because this is a forum and there's no real way we could go about testing it or anything else. That aside ... If no one were making a counter-claim, then the burden of proof would rest solely on the people claiming there's something paranormal or whatever. But that usually isn't the case here. A lot of people make counter-claims without supporting them, and then conclude that because there could be a simpler explanation, then there is no paranormal explanation. That isn't how Occam's razor works.
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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2015, 02:29:42 am »

There's a claim made without evidence, that doesn't make it a hoax. It was reported on before Halloween, that doesn't make it a hoax. You don't have a morsel of evidence, that doesn't mean there is no evidence. That I experienced paranormal activity (a claim made right before Halloween that you have no evidence for) doesn't make it a hoax. Conversely, that it didn't occur in a place of business so I had no opportunity to capitalize on it doesn't make it legit. The suspension of belief =/= disbelief.
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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2015, 02:31:12 am »

A claim made by an individual is not evidence! It is merely a story until there is factual evidence to support the claim! You cannot be convicted of a crime because somebody said you did it! There must be evidence beond reasonable doubt! The same goes for outlandish paranormal claims! Unfortunately people are all too capable of lying and fabricating tales for what ever intent and purpose, aswell as misinterpreting sensory input, so i will never believe a personal rendition of a paranormal experience!
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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2015, 02:32:43 am »

Actually it is! A large number of psychology experiments rely on self-report surveys! Yet we use those for obtaining knowledge with no problem! We also consider eye-witness testimony when convicting people! And many people consider Yelp ratings, which are all based on user-review, when deciding upon a restaurant! We use anecdotal evidence all the time! The real question is why do you abuse the exclamation mark?!
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« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2015, 02:35:13 am »

 A single eyewitness is not enough for a lawfull conviction, there has to be solid physical evidence! A user review is not factual! I could go on to Amazon etc and write any old crap as could you. As with decisions over restaurants, you may read the reviews but that doesn't guarantee a good meal! Your multiple use of "consider" says it all!
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