Nick Redfern is following the strange reports about werewolves roaming Britain's Cannock
Chase - a large area of forest land in central England, and a location
that has become a veritable hotbed for encounters with big cats,
ghostly black dogs, Bigfoot-like entities, and now werewolves.
On April 26, 2007, the Stafford Post newspaper (which covers
the area in question) stated the following: "A rash of sightings of a
'werewolf' type creature prowling around the outskirts of Stafford have prompted a respected Midlands paranormal group to investigate. West Midlands Ghost Club says they have been contacted by a number of shocked residents who saw what they claimed to be a `hairy wolf-type creature' walking on its hind legs around the German War Cemetery, just off Camp Road, in between Stafford and Cannock. Several of them claim the creature sprang up on its hind legs and ran into the nearby bushes when it was spotted."
The newspaper continued:
Duffy, of West Midlands Ghost Club, said the stories of werewolf
sightings in Chase area were something that he had encountered before.
He said: 'The first person to contact us was a postman, who told us he had seen what he thought was a werewolf on the German War Cemetery site. He said he was over there on a motorbike and saw what he believed was a large dog. When he got closer, the creature got on his hind legs and ran away.'"
The Post quoted Duffy as adding that: "Ive spoke
to many witnesses and I know when they are putting it on. But what
struck me as strange about this was the way he told it. I'm in no doubt
that he was telling the truth."
The creature was also apparently spotted by a scout leader walking over the forest land earlier in April. The man, who the Post
stated did not want to be named, said he saw what he initially believed
was a large dog prowling by the bushes. It was only when he got into
his car to drive away that he realised something weird was afoot.
He said: "It just looked like a huge dog. But when I slammed the door of my car it reared up on its back legs and ran into the trees. It must have been about six to seven feet tall. I know it sounds absolutely mad, but I know what I saw.
And this week, both the Chase Post newspaper (whose official website is home to countless weird animal reports from the area) and the Birmingham Post ran the following story:
"A tribe of subterranean creatures who surface on Cannock Chase to hunt for food could be behind a rash of 'werewolf' and Bigfoot sightings near Stafford. And the mysterious beings could also be responsible for a string of pet disappearances, it has been claimed.
Midlands Ghost Club, our area's top paranormal investigation group, say
they have been contacted by a number of shocked eye-witnesses who claim
they have come to face to face with a 'hairy,wolf-type creature' at the
beauty spot. A scout leader and a local post man are amongst the'
credible' witnesses to contact the club.
"Theories behind the sightings range from a crazed tramp to aliens. But now another paranormal expert has put forward
the theory the sub-human beast is not a werewolf at all - but a Stone
Age throwback. The investigator, who wishes to remain anonymous, told us : 'Strange sightings in this area have been made over many years by civilians, military, police, ex-police and scout leaders on patrol. Some incidents have been reported and logged but others not - some people don't want to be classed as mad.'"
newspapers elaborated further: "The strangest rumour has come from a
senior local resident who believes the mysterious intruders to be
subterranean," he told us. "The creatures have made their way to the
surface via old earthworks to hunt, for example, local deer."
And, on the surface, the far-fetched tale could be easily dismissed. However, the Post's source added: "It's a fact that there has been significant mining activity under Cannock
Chase for centuries. And it's a fact there is a high rate of domestic
pet disappearance in the area - especially dogs off the lead...just ask
anyone who walks their dog near the German War Cemetery..."
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