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Last Updated: Tuesday July 26 2005 13:58 GMT

Penzance tops spookiest site list

Alien from Toy Story - perhaps they'll land in Cornwall?
A popular holiday spot is Britain's spookiest place following a spate of UFO and ghostly sightings.

Eerie experts say you are twice as likely to see a UFO and three times more likely to see a ghost in Penzance, Cornwall, than in the rest of the UK.

Spook researcher Lionel Fanthorpe spent two months gathering evidence across the country.

His team found 102 supernatural sightings, including 33 ghostly visions and 23 UFO, in the Penzance area.

Creepy Penzance
A flying saucer was seen hovering over the town for 20 minutes in 1997
There's reports of a grotesque winged creature, known as The Owlman, in the local woods
The Morgawr sea monster has often been spotted in Falmouth Bay
There's been loads of sightings of the Zennor Mermaid off the Cornish coast

The high rate in the 216sq mile area has led it to be dubbed the Penzance Triangle, after the famous Bermuda Triangle - a place notorious for chilling goings-on.

Researchers rate the Yorkshire Triangle and Norfolk Triangle as the next most chilling locations in the country.

Mr Fanthorpe, president of the British UFO Research Association, said: "The three affected areas have all experienced battles, plagues, trauma and tragedy over the centuries.

"These are factors which may stimulate increased paranormal activity."

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