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Reports of Paranormal Occurences in 2015

Question

1) The number of recorded reports of "paranormal occurrences" made to the Force. For example ghosts, zombies, witches, werewolves, UFOs etc.

2) The most commonly made complaints of "paranormal activity.

Answer

On the 16th August 2016 you clarified that you are requesting this information for 2015.

1) Our records show that there have been 174 reports between 01/01/2015 – 31/12/2015 which mention the relevant words or variations of the words:

UFO, PARA NORMAL, ALIEN, SPACE SHIP, MARTIAN, GREEN MEN, FLYING SAUCER, MARSHAN, PARANORMAL, UNIDENTIFIED FLYING, SPACESHIP, SUPER NATURAL, SUPERNATURAL, GHOST, ZOMBIE/IES, VAMPIRE, WITCH, WHITCHES, WEREWOLF/S, ZOMBIE/IES’

In order to provide you with the information requested a key-word search on the terms were conducted. These reports may simply mention the terms and may not relate to such sightings or occurrences i.e. suspect wearing a UFO t-shirt, male dressed as zombie.  

2) As explained above, we have carried out a key-word search to provide you with the number of reports to the Police which mentioned these terms. This may not relate to actual complaints to the Police of “paranormal activity” but instead reports including these words. We do not record the most common complaint of “paranormal activity.”

FOI reference: 1045/16.

Date of request: 15.08.16.