'Haunted' Theme Park Relocates Ride

A purportedly haunted theme park built on an ancient burial ground in England has decided to relocate a new ride after workers reported seeing the ghost of a headless monk.

Australia's Daily Mail newspaper reports workers building the new ride at Thorpe Park near London have encountered "strange phenomena," including sightings of the headless apparition as well as the unexplained movement of objects.

"At first we didn't think much of it, but when we started having people consistently say things we thought for their comfort we should look into it," one of the construction bosses tells ITN News in a video interview.


The water ride, named "Storm Surge," was being built over a footpath known as Monk's Walk that had been used since the year 666 AD to link to the ruins of nearby Thorpe Church to Chertsey Abbey, the scene of an infamous massacre of monks. Foundations for the ride would have been placed in an area of the park where stone coffins were previously excavated.

The theme park called in a paranormal detection agency and a forensic team to investigate the site.

Jim Arnold, a paranormal expert who tested the site, tells the Daily Mail "results were picked up immediately, with orbs, ghostly images in photography and Ouija reaction results being strongest around the site where they were proposing to build Storm Surge."

"The results were so strong we felt the only explanation could be that an ancient burial ground or settlement was being disturbed, prompting the extra paranormal activity," he adds.

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