Gloucestershire’s ghost hunters tell us how to spot if a spirit is living in your home

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They are the county’s very own version of Ghostbusters, minus the fancy car and jumpsuits, and now the Gloucester Paranormal Investigation Services team are sharing their top tips on how to spot any spirits in your home.

If something is moving around, things go bump in the night or something in your hall has given you a fright these are the guys to call.

And now they’ve shared their expertise on the most common signs of spirit activity. There are quite a few more depending on the level of spirit activity and different types of spirits but this should give you a good starting point.

Sudden temperature changes and static energy

A classic sign of a spirits presence is sudden changes in temperature through either cold or hot spots within the property where there is no reasonable explanation to cause them. This could be a particular room or just part of a room.

Also experiencing a static electrical feeling that will make your hairs stand up and can be felt as a mild pins and needles sensation in and around your body or even feel like you’ve walked through a cobweb. The reason for this is spirits are said to be made up of electromagnetic energy.

Pets behaving differently

Another sign of spirit activity is dogs, cats and other household pets behaving strangely.

Dogs may bark at something unseen, cower without apparent reason or refuse to enter a certain area of the property that they usually would. Cats may seem to be watching something moving that’s unseen to the human eye and may also refuse to enter certain areas that it usually would.



Lead Investigators Paul Cowmeadow and Edward Francis investigate The New Inn’s Cellar.

Paranormal Investigator Ed’s experiences

G.P.I.S Lead Investigator Ed Francis said: “From personal experiences with reference to pets behaving differently, both myself and Paul have witnessed this.

 “We we went to visit a location near Stroud with reference some unexplained activity  and we were greeted by the owners dog who was very friendly towards us both.

“Then after Paul and I had spent some time down the cellar where paranormal activity had been reported

“As part of the investigation we had began to ask questions and had some spikes on our K-2  which is a EMF or electro magnetic field detector which picks up paranormal activity.

“We felt that we may have had some contact with a spirit in the cellar area.

“Post cellar investigation we came back up from the cellar and proceeded to walk into the garden where the house owners dog was.

“I walked up to to say hello to the dog and the same friendly dog simply looked at me and moved quickly away into the building whilst also whimpering for no explained reason.

“It was almost like the owners dog and possibly seen something next to me or sensed there may be a spirit standing next to me.

“On another occasion whilst at HMP Gloucester. Over the course of a few days there had been a very friendly dog there every day who was very well mannered and very playful.



“The same dog,  as I went up to stroke him like I had on numerous occasions this time he made it quite clear by bearing his teeth that he want me close.

“I feel that he was acting in a way that suggested  he had sensed or seen something either near me or even possibly a spirit attached itself to me.”

“Paul and I had been in the main complex at the prison.

“Once again we had been trying to connect with one of the many spirits who are thought to reside at the building and we were asking out a series of questions.

“On both of these occasions the same animals have acted fine around Paul but definitely have changed towards me.

“I think that it is because I had come into contact with a spirit at both locations.”

Unexplained smells and shadows and noises

Sometimes when a spirit is present distinct smells may be experienced such as perfume, tobacco etc that may help you identify who the spirit is if your familiar with it, for example a deceased loved one used to where a certain brand of perfume or smoke a particular brand of tobacco.

In some cases the smell might be horrible and foul to you which would usually indicate the presence of a negative spirit.

Also unexplained shadows may be seen, usually seen out of the corner of your eye and unexplained noises from footsteps, knocking sounds maybe even a voice or whisper.

Items disappearing and reappearing

Another common occurrence when spirits are around is items disappearing without any explanation as to where they could have gone only for it to reappear again in a completely different place.

Sometimes these items will just disappear forever or in more rare cases items you’ve never seen before may just appear.



Paranormal Investigator Paul’s experience

G.P.I.S Lead Investigator Paul Cowmeadow said: “One of the most common signs which we have experienced ourselves not just on investigations but in our homes as well would be things either disappearing then turning up somewhere else or just disappearing never to be seen again.

“Where do these things go? The best example would be a couple of years ago at my old house where it was just me and Ed in the house in my kitchen and Ed wanted to show me a video clip on Facebook.

“He took the phone out of the case and put it on the worktop just behind us. He showed me the clip for about 30 seconds long, when he turned around to pick his case up it had disappeared.

“We searched everywhere for it, I’ve moved house since and went through everything in the house and Ed’s phone case has never turned up anywhere.”



G.P.I.S lead investigators Paul Cowmeadow and Ed Francis getting the equipment ready for the investigation at the Dean Heritage Centre.

Feeling of being watched or followed

Another common sign of a spirit being around is the feeling that you are not alone and that something is watching you in certain areas of the property at certain times or may even feel like it’s following you around or standing behind you.

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