January 8, 2016 7:48 am
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Where are you most likely to see a ghost? In a graveyard, of course.

But not many graveyards have ghosts riding horses.

Yet try telling that to amateur photographer Richard Durham, who captured a spectre on horseback in a snap he took at Weedon Bec cemetery in Daventry, Northamptonshire on New Year’s Day.

The 45-year-old gardener from nearby Boothville was testing out his new camera at about 9am when he took the picture of what appears to be a ghostly figure on top of a ghostly steed among some headstones.

But it wasn’t until the father-of-three posted the image on Facebook that he found out about its frightening content.

A friend saw the image and pointed out the ghost rider to Mr Durham, who couldn’t believe he’d missed it first time around.

“I do believe in ghosts but never thought I would ever capture one on camera,” he said.

“All I was doing was trying to get a few nice weather shots on a frosty and misty morning. It is quite an old village so probably has a few stories to tell.

“Locals have been telling me the pub down the road is haunted by a horseman.

“Apparently he used to walk there from the main church though the graveyard and up along the canal.

“So maybe this is him.”

Mr Durham, a volunteer fundraiser for the local air ambulance, took the picture on a Nikon D5300 camera, but it was friend Heather Burton who first saw the ghost in the image.

“I got a message from my ambulance colleague saying there’s a ghost on your photo,” he said.

“I didn’t believe her at first as I couldn’t see it for ages, but then I spotted it and thought ‘wow’.

“It’s hard to spot to begin with but once you spot it you can really see it.

“To me it looks like he is holding something and looking down at a grave, like he might be laying flowers.

“Also you can just make out a horse to his left. It’s pretty freaky to say the least.

“Some people have told me I’ve been having one too many sherbets, but I think there’s definitely something there.”

He added: “The weird thing is, one friend told me her three-year-old daughter always acts quite strange around that area.

“She stops and holds out her hand like she is stroking a horse. Another friend told me her child did exactly the same.”

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This post was written by Nadia Vella