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Last Updated: Monday October 31 2005 09:57 GMT

Two in three 'believe in ghosts'

Are these ghosts and ghouls real?
More people in Britain believe in ghosts than God, according to a survey.

Researchers spoke to 2,012 people about supernatural beliefs, and 68% said they believed that ghosts and spirits exist, with 12% claiming to have seen one.

In the same survey, by an entertainment retailer, 55% of those questioned said they believed God exists.

Just over three quarters of those asked also said they were more convinced that ghouls exist after watching spooky reality TV programmes and films.

Halloween crackdown

Halloween masks
Police, parents and shops hope to tackle anti-social behaviour
Meanwhile in Wales, police are preparing to get tough with anyone who behaves antisocially during Halloween celebrations.

Extra officers will patrol the streets and warn people that if they break the laws they could be issued with a Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs), fined up to 5,000 and even jailed.

PNDs can be given to people for firework offences, including anyone under 18 being in possession of an " adult" firework in a public place.

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