Ghost hunters capture the eerie moment chair is pushed down the stairs by the 'Black Monk'

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The mysterious event took place while a group of ghost hunters were spending the night at a home believed to be one of Britain’s most notorious alleged haunting in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. 

Steve Archibald, 36, and his wife Carrie founded Pitch Black Investigations and hosted a group of paranormal enthusiasts to spend the night at 30 East Drive, Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

It is said that the Pritchard family were subjected to years of torment by the so-called “Black Monk of Pontefract” while living at the problem. 

The poltergeist is said to have been a 16th-century monk who was found guilty of the rape and murder of a girl and was then hung on gallows near the home.

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A ghost thought to be the “Black Monk” was allegedly captured on camera

I don’t think most of the activity is threatening but on the stairs it does feel threatening

Steve Archibald

In the 1960’s, then 14-year-old Diane Pritchard claimed to have been dragged by the hair by the supposed Black Monk down the same set of stairs as seen in the Archibald’s footage. 

In the group’s eerie video it shows a child’s pushchair resting at the top of the stairs while there is movement from the group in a door away to the right.

Without anyone seemingly pushing it, the chair tumbles down the stairs before coming to rest half-way down.

The group rush to investigate what has happened before the video ends.

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Ghost hunters captured the moment a pushchair was apparently thrown down the stairs by a poltergiest

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The chair came to rest half-way down before the group had a chance to investigate their footage

Some of the team staying at 30 East Drive were so scared by the events caught on tape they refused to spend the night in the house and instead stayed at a nearby hotel.

Mr Archibald, from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, said: “At first we didn’t know what had happened as we were in complete darkness when we heard the noise.

“I came around the corner and saw the bugger on the stairs and couldn’t believe it.

“Then we all re-watched the footage. No one could believe it. 

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The footage was captured at one of Britain’s most haunted locations 30 East Drive

“I know 100 per cent it couldn’t have rolled. It had been there for eight hours. It doesn’t budge or move on its own.

“People will say that it rolled as for every believer there’s a sceptic. If they don’t want to believe then you can’t convince them.

“But I 100 per cent believe something moved it. There was definitely no-one up there. Everyone was with us as we were finishing off the night at that point.

“But there is lots of poltergeist activity there. I have seen marbles thrown through closed doors in the house before.

“I don’t think most of [the activity] is threatening but on the stairs, it does feel threatening. 

“It could be something playing games with us. A bit of me thinks it is childish. It felt like it wants to play. But it could be the Black Monk. I hope it is the Black Monk so that it confirms and shows there’s evidence of an afterlife.

“And it vindicates everything that the Pritchard’s said happened. It’s very intense what they said and it would vindicate what they said. I hope it is, for clarification.”

The footage shot by the Archibald’s was from October 2 and joins two other recent sets of photographs taken by ghost hunters who claim to have captured the Black Monk on the same set of stairs.

In June, Pete Boulton and Rob Hughes, from Ghostnspectors Paranormal Group snapped an image of a face in a black hooded robe staring out of the mirror at the bottom of the stairs.

And just last week, paranormal investigator Claire Cowell captured an image she believes shows the arm of the monk’s robe clutching rosary beads – also on the stairs.

The paranormal activity at 30 East Drive was the subject of the 2012 horror movie When The Lights Went Out and was investigated for the Halloween special of Most Haunted Live in 2015.

The house remains open for bookings – though ouija boards and exorcisms are banned on the property.

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