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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Mandy seeks out things that go bump in the night

A Workington woman has launched a company to investigate things that go bump in the night.

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SPOOK HUNT: Mel James, left, and Mandy Oakes from Lakeland Paranormal Investigations in the beer cellar of The Steam Packet in Workington with owners Paul Rosewarne, back, and Ajay Patel

Mandy Oakes, 41, of Windsor Road, set up Lakeland Paranormal Investigations and has been inundated with requests from businesses to discover what supernatural beings inhabit their buildings.

Mrs Oakes, who runs the business from her home, is a medium.

She said her ability to communicate with spirits started as a child, when she was visited by a ghost called Bobby, with her parents thinking it was just an imaginary friend.

She decided in November to pursue her passion for the supernatural by setting up her own company.

She said: “We always go down the scientific approach and we don’t do dark things like ouija boards.

“It’s professional and can be serious, but we try and keep things light-hearted.”

Mrs Oakes and her team of eight investigators have been to Workington’s Steam Packet Inn on Stanley Street and the Royal Oak, on Pow Street and Winder Hall in Lorton, near Cockermouth.

Paul Rosewarne, 54, owner of the Steam Packet Inn, said there were a number of unexplained incidents at his pub, which he has run for 17 years, including having his dinner knocked from his hand and one customer who said he saw a sea captain walking around when there was no-one else in the pub.

He invited Mrs Oakes and her team to the pub for an investigation and they used equipment including electromagnetic field detectors, night vision cameras and voice recorders.

A number of spooky incidents happened on the night. Mrs Oakes described the spirit of a young girl who was down in the cellar, which matched the description another medium made in the pub about 10 years ago.

A gas bottle exploded in the cellar, a flash of green light lit up one room and Mrs Oakes picked up on a “negative energy” in a guest bedrooms.

Mrs Oakes has been invited back by the Steam Packet Inn for more investigations later this year and will also visit Workington’s Carnegie Theatre.

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To those people who are slating the ability of mandy oaks and her profesional team i for one strongly disagree with you recently mandy and her team came to my house from her home town to look into the things that have been going on in my home to the point where these spirits have started to harm myself and my grand children, the most i was charged was providing cups of tea and i was more than willing to pay for there petrol but they wouldnt here of it i was grief stricken with the goings on in my home and mandy and her team have been able to make it more livable i have not been able to sleep in my bed for a lot of months and because of these people i have started to sleep in my bed so please dont be quick to judge these people who help people like myself live a better life and copewith what has been very stressful and frightening and they are providing an honest service i would like once again to thank mandy and her team from the bottom of my heart for making me feel safe in my own home so back off and leave them alone

Posted by jackie park on 23 February 2013 at 20:53

why do people have to break everything down and analyse it, why can't things just be what they are? us at L.P.I ALWAYS look for the most rational answer to what we find and experience. We never claim anything to be paranormal, if something is ODD then it simply gets put into our "interesting" box until someone can offer a good answer for it whether it be scientific or not. please do not tar and feather us with the same brush as the charlatans that make a stack of money off the vulnerable.

Posted by nicola on 23 February 2013 at 16:46

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