Spook chasers Jodie Carman and Chris Hunter claim “the figure’s head and shoulders can clearly be made out in seats a few rows in front of her” and appeared after a series of unexplainable bumps and noises, while they were still, and a woman apparently being possessed.
The pair, who are refusing to identify the building in Norwich, said they were so stunned at seeing the “apparition” at the time, they shone a torch, but the chair was empty.
They insist that no one else was in the old community venue at the time the photo was taken.
Full time mum-of-one Ms Carman, 34, claims the photo was taken not long after midnight in the old community centre in Norwich that the spirit hunters are allowed to use.
Ms Carman said: “We knew there was something there with us that night, we could hear it moving around the hall around us.
“But this photo definitely proves it there is no way that you can deny it as the shape is very clear.
“When everyone saw it they were at first stunned into silence as everyone had seen me take the picture and knew there was no one in front of me.
“Once people calmed down they were just amazed and everyone started treating the hunt a lot more seriously as they realised we had caught some very clear evidence.
“There are lots of pictures that appear of ghosts, many of debatable quality but I think a photo like this is exceptionally rare, to get a clear shot, with nobody near it, completely untampered with.
“It’s quite incredible and I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Ms Carman was with a group of friends known as the Norfolk Ghost Hunters who go across the UK and have ghost hunts on most weekends.
Mr Hunter, who runs the paranormal group, said the photo was taken on July 18.
He said he is sworn to secrecy about the location by the owner as it is still used for children’s events and there are fears news of “the haunting” could scare off families.
Mr Hunter, a poultry farmer by day, said: “The church is situated on a mass grave where they dumped bodies of plague victims and bones have been known to surface when it rains.
“It’s a very creepy building and there was a lot of activity on the night the picture was taken.
“The bathroom itself is believed to have four bodies lurking below it where hanging victims were buried.
“On the night when members of our group entered the bathroom they felt a strong presence that disturbed one woman so badly she almost fainted and then became hysterical and had to be calmed down.
“But to get some photographic evidence of some of the things we have seen is fantastic. It looks like someone in the chair and I have not seen many pictures capture anything quite like this.
“It is very impressive and one of the best examples of an ‘apparition’ or ‘entity’ caught on camera that I have ever seen.”
Ms Carman added: “I believe it was a person once from this world who for some reason has become stuck here. Maybe they like that chair and that venue. No one knows, but the camera definitely captured something on it.”
This post was written by Nadia Vella