By Kim Reader
This is the moment a ghost hunter claims he was thrown across a room by an entity when he tried to comfort his wife – who had become POSSESSED by a child’s spirit.
The spine-tingling footage shows parents Sean Reynolds and Rebecca Palmer sat in the room of the ‘haunted’ theatre before the mum-of-three is ‘taken over’ by the ghost.
Mum-of-three Rebecca, 34, fell silent before suddenly starting to cry out ‘Where’s my mummy?’ and clutching a doll in fear.
But when Sean, 34, tried to reach out to his wife he claims he was knocked down by the spirit’s ‘static’ energy.
The couple were at the New Mills Art Theatre in Stockport, Greater Manchester, filming for their paranormal investigation series after sightings of ‘shadow figures’ in the 100-year-old building.
Although the terrifying incident left mum Rebecca shaken, she said she felt honoured that a spirit had chosen her as a vessel.
Rebecca, of Liverpool, said: “As soon as we walked in the room, I could feel there was something different in there, a different kind of energy.
“I kept asking the others ‘do you feel that?’ but nobody else could sense anything.
“Then I started to hear a voice – a little kid saying something. I couldn’t hear what they were saying but it was definitely a child’s voice. I could hear them chatting and laughing.
“I asked but nobody else could hear it, I felt like I was going mad. Then suddenly this happened.
“I can’t remember much of what happened. I remember I felt like a child but it was all a haze.
“When I came out of it, it felt like when you have been dreaming and you remember fragments but can’t piece it all together.
“It was quite frightening. I couldn’t stop shaking and I felt really weak and drained.
“When we were going around the rest of the rooms I felt the little girl was still with me, following me. I kept getting waves of how she was feeling, she was so sad.
“As a mum, it was really difficult knowing I had been taken over by the spirit of a child who had died. It really did affect me emotionally. It was really upsetting.
“Even though I was very shaken after the event, I felt empowered and honoured that an actual spirit had chosen me as a vessel to communicate with.
“It was so shocking watching the video and seeing what had gone on.
“I couldn’t believe the energy had been so powerful it had knocked Sean off his feet and thrown him away from me. Why would it do that? It is so strange.
“I try never to doubt the power of the spirit world and the night at the theatre proves just how dangerous the paranormal world can be.”
During Rebecca’s possession in the theatre dressing room, the couple’s ghost hunting equipment – designed to pick up paranormal energy – can be heard going haywire in the background.
The ghost hunters used a device called an Ovilus which they believe spirits can manipulate to produce words.
While filming, Sean claims the Ovilus produced the words ‘deplete’, ‘fifteen’, ‘enough’ and ‘mummy’.
While the child’s ghost was controlling Rebecca, Sean said he felt quite helpless and worried at one point that they might not be able to get his wife back.
Luckily the couple’s camera man Paul Jowett, who has extensive experience of the paranormal and getting spirits to leave their human hosts, was on hand to release Rebecca from the ghost child’s grasp.
Sean said: “It was so emotional for me seeing Bex like that. I have never seen anything like it before.
“I knew I needed to try to communicate with the spirit but I was also really worried about how it could affect Bex and whether we would be able to get the child to leave her alone.
“It came as quite a shock and I felt quite helpless. One minute I was sat in the room with my partner and the next she just wasn’t Bex at all anymore.
“When I reached out to touch her I felt this strong static charge go through me. It was this powerful force pushing me back and it threw me to the ground.
“The whole team went into a panic. I don’t think any of us have experienced an energy so powerful before. It completely lifted me off my feet.
“It was quite frightening but at the same time so intriguing. I don’t think the spirit was negative, just frightened.
“We are really lucky that Paul was called up to help her. He’s really experienced, especially when it comes to getting spirits to leave people. He’s such a valuable member of the team.”
Parents and paranormal investigators Sean and Rebecca were invited to include the theatre in the upcoming series of their TV show Ghost Dimension after people working there had some otherworldly encounters.
Theatre director Paul Holt said that many believe the theatre is haunted by the ghost of a former cleaner and has even witnessed the seats lifting up and down on their own.
While dad-of-two Paul, 50, is a sceptic himself he said he found Sean and Rebecca’s visit fascinating and likes to keep an open mind to people’s opinions of what might reside in the old building.
Paul, who has worked at New Mills for 36 years, said: “People have had quite a lot of strange experiences in the theatre.
“The only time I have ever seen anything I can’t explain was one night I was in the theatre and I heard some creaking so I went to check it out and the seats were moving up and down.
“I checked but there was nobody there. I did do a bit of a double take.
“People believe that one of the cleaners who used to work here haunts the theatre and when I told people what happened they told me that that’s how he used to clean, lifting up the seats one at a time.
“A guy who used to work here was here late one night replacing the boilers. He knew he was alone but when he went up to the front of house there was a white figure stood in front of the door.
“He just left – left all his tools and walked out. He has never stepped foot in the theatre since and won’t even talk about what happened.
“I’m quite a sceptic to be honest but even as a sceptic you can keep an open mind.
“A lot of strange things have happened here and everyone has their different opinions about it.
“It is an old building and you expect it to creak but it was still really interesting having Sean and Rebecca here and hearing about the energies they picked up.”