A paranormal investigator who says that people don’t believe in the existence of demons until they actually come face-to-face with one has told of the time he encounters a “hobgoblin” in a deserted churchyard.

Occult researcher Vic Harbord told how he went to St Lawrence church in Atwick, near Hornsea with his colleague Christine Townend.

We had what we call a spirit box with us,” he said, “which is like an electronic Ouija board.

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“Christine had a dictaphone and we said ‘is anyone there we don’t mean you any harm, please come forward’.

“Then Christine said: 'Did you hear that growl?'

I said: 'What growl?' and the growl actually moved, and I walked towards it which was a silly thing to do and the others heard two big loud bangs and we did a bit of investigating into it and there’s a legend that it’s supposed to be haunted by a goblin.

"This happened in the churchyard. I took a photograph and there’s a head in the window what looks like a demon to be honest.”

Vic, 76, said that they didn't know what the spooky apparition was, and they were both so frightened that they got ordained shortly afterwards.

Christine elaborated on their terrifying discovery that night.

She told Hull Live: "Going into the church ground I got an eerie feeling straight away. I seem to pick up on things and I turned to Vic and said this tree is really giving me the creeps. There’s something about it. We stood next to the tree and started our investigation.

"It wasn’t long into the investigation when I actually heard like a growl. The grass was quite long but not extremely long and I said have I just heard a growl and I’m thinking well I can’t have heard a growl and as Vic’s talking away to the rest of the group I'm still thinking well I've heard a growl and then I heard it again. I heard it three then four times and after the fourth time I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I thought well this is ridiculous."

Christine said that she looked down at her feet and saw something translucent moving in the grass. She told Vic that she heard a growl and he then heard it too. After this, he walked past Christine towards the tree and the growl disappeared. Christine believes that it came from the ground and went back down again.

She added: "There were eight of us altogether. They didn’t see or hear anything apart from two loud bangs. We said a prayer and left the graveyard but we were talking about this topic of conversation for ages afterwards and I did a bit of research because we were trying to rule out everything possible.

"When you hear a growl it’s a negative energy. It’s inhumane. It’s obviously not very nice.”

Vic finds the paranormal to be a fascinating subject but he said that as paranormal investigators, they do get ridiculed sometimes. He added: "We don’t force our beliefs onto anybody. We usually say judge for yourself. We realise that with most people if it doesn’t happen to them they’re not going to believe you.

"We accept that but a lot of people have come to us now and said it has happened to them and they do believe. You either believe it or you don’t but we never force our beliefs on anybody and I wouldn’t do that."

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