01:00PM, Friday 20 February 2015
Spooky goings on in the Royal Borough have been documented in a collection of some 200 stories written by a former police chief.
The Clewer Poltergeist, The Ghostly Knights of Windsor and Wraiths of Wraysbury are just a few of the spine-chilling tales in the True Ghosts and Ghouls of Windsor & Eton.
The author, Brian Langston, moved to the area in 1980 and served with Thames Valley Police in Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough.
He lived in an old police house in Wraysbury for 25 years before retiring in 2010 and moving to the south of France with his wife.
"I have had a life-long interest in both history and the paranormal and during my time in East Berkshire collected dozens of stories of unexplained incidents and sightings of ghosts," said the 54-year-old.
He added ghost hunting is like detective work in that you need an open, enquiring mind, a healthy scepticism and a strong nerve.
He also looks for corroboration and the credibility of witnesses.
One of the tales which features police officers as witnesses is the story of The Beast of Boulters Lock, a wolf-like creature spotted on the edge of the Thames.
"I knew the officer who saw the 'beast' very well and she was not a nervous person or prone to exaggeration and she was really shaken up by her experience," said the former Assistant Chief Constable.
"She certainly saw something very strange that night.
"I don't think there is a physical beast roaming along the river, we would have seen more evidence if a wolf had had to sustain itself for a decade.
"Many so called 'cryptids' are believed to be supernatural creatures which only appear from time to time - perhaps from another dimension - who knows?"
The book is set to be released later this year.
The story of The Beast of Boulters Lock can be read at brianlangston.hubpages.com/hub/The-Beast-of-Boulters-Lock.
Email Brian on firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a copy or share stories of your own paranormal experiences.
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