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Ghost-hunters defy Cave scary growls

PUBLISHED: 10:45 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 09:30 12 August 2010

WHILE many had romance on their mind over Valentine s weekend, 30 ghost-hunters opted for a more ghoulish affair.  Organiser London Paranormal took ghost-hunters on a one-night vigil in the spooky labyrinth of Chislehurst Caves.

WHILE many had romance on their mind over Valentine's weekend, 30 ghost-hunters opted for a more ghoulish affair.

Organiser London Paranormal took ghost-hunters on a one-night vigil in the spooky labyrinth of Chislehurst Caves.

The event was the first of its kind since the infamous Halloween Challenges of the 1980s, where legend has it that a participant collapsed and finished up in hospital.

During the event on Saturday, brave visitors experienced strange sounds, knocking from walls, unexplained sighs and a scary growl as they toured the caves up until midnight.

London Paranormal founder Ian John Shillito said: "After an extremely successful ghost tour for the London Ghost Festival 2008 I have experienced what I believe to be a presence in the caves, and a number of people have seen, heard or felt something down there.

"This is a one-off. It's been decades since the last ghost watch, which was suddenly cut short due to one member collapsing and ending up in hospital."

The dark mysterious labyrinth of the Caves extends 22 miles beneath the leafy village of Chislehurst.

Tales of various unexplained events have been told over the years, including a phantom lady seen by a pool, a woman in black and a crouched man lurking in the caves.

There is also a myth that a Black Shuck - a mythical large dog mainly associated with Suffolk - has stalked the caves for years. A visitor even claimed to see the large dog on a day tour and was unaware of the legend. Created by man over thousands of years, the matrix of caves and ancient passageways is a confusing and dangerous place where it is easy to get lost.

To find out more about London Paranormal, call 079822 30208, email londonparanormal@gmail.com or go to www.londonparanormal.com


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