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Redbridge named least haunted borough in London

PUBLISHED: 12:36 30 October 2018

You may want to go to Barking and Dagenham for a more ghostly experience according to new data. Picture: Andrew Milligan

You may want to go to Barking and Dagenham for a more ghostly experience according to new data. Picture: Andrew Milligan

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Whether you turn all your lights off and pretend not to be in or you plan your scary cat costume in August, you can’t escape the fact that Halloween is nearly upon us.

Love or hate October 31, you might be interested to know that Redbridge has been named the least haunted borough in London.

According to data compiled by adult education provider, City Lit, only 5.6per cent of Redbridge residents have had an encounter with a spirit.

At the other end of the spooky spectrum 40.2pc of people in the City of London have reported seeing ghostly goings-on.

If you are after a fright this Halloween but don’t want to travel too far you may want to cross the border into neighbouring borough Barking and Dagenham.

Almost 30pc of people asked claimed they had seen a ghost and the region made it into the top ten most haunted boroughs.

Our other geographical friend, Havering, sat in the middle of the table with a score of 21.7pc.

Encounters that residents have claimed to see in London include two elderly ladies kneeling at the bottom of someone’s bed praying, a woman from the Victorian era in the middle of a London street at 12am and a figure resembling that of a relative who has passed away.

Commenting on the data, Chris Jones, director of sales and marketing at City Lit, said: “London is the home to some of the most haunted areas and buildings, so it’s not surprising to find that a quarter of Londoners have seen a ghost.

“If Halloween isn’t enough to satisfy your spooky cravings, our American gothic fiction course and European horror cinema course should send a chill down your spine.”

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