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Stunned Wolverhampton pub staff catch 'ghost' on CCTV
Bizarre glowing shape captured on late night recording at the Talisman
Stunned staff at a Black Country pub believe they have snared a spirit... on CCTV.
They say there can be no other explanation for the strange glowing, misty orb that dances in the darkened bar of Wolverhampton's Talisman.
The ghostly shape could be linked to a 30-year-old tragedy at the watering hole.
And it is a tragedy close to 62 year-old landlord Peter Thacker.
He was drinking with a group of men in the same bar.
They tried to rouse a sleeping colleague, only to discover that he had died in his sleep.
Then there was a man killed outside the Wildtree Avenue pub 13 years ago.
The strange light, captured on security cameras last month, has certainly spooked staff. They were already jittery after hearing tapping sounds in the empty bar.
When barmaids went to investigate, the room was completely empty.
Peter, who has run the pub for 18 years, said the CCTV footage has baffled regulars.
"The girls had locked up and the place was in darkness," he said.
"They were unaware of the strange light until they looked at the CCTV. They were shocked, I can tell you.
"It's very, very strange -- you can see it dancing on the table.
"When you think about it, it does make your hair stand on end."
Peter lives at the Talisman, a pub which dates back to 1962.
"It doesn't bother me," he added. "But the bar staff have said strange things have taken place.
"At night, when the place is empty, they've heard someone tapping in the bar. When they go to investigate, there's nobody there."
A member of staff said: "At first we thought it was smoke on the film, but then we saw it glowing, and it doesn't move like smoke.
"It seems to have a mind of its own.
"It's baffled us. If anyone has a logical explanation we'd love to hear it.
"I think it would put all our minds at rest."
Workers are now considering handing the film to ghostbusters in order to see if they can shed any light on the mystery.
The Talisman has some way to go to beat the paranormal reputation of the Giffard Arms, however, rumoured to be the most haunted hostelry in Wolverhampton.
It is said be home to the spirit of a prostitute who took her own life in the early 1900s, and is said to walk the upper floors.
There have also been sightings of a child-like spectre playing with wooden bricks in the main bar.
If that were not enough, a long dead landlord roams the bar at night and glasses mysteriously explode.