Ghost hunter ‘tricked’ legendary Black Monk of Pontefract to pose for photograph

A ghost hunter claims he tricked the Black Monk of Pontefract into appearing in a photo with him, which has since left him "nearly in tears".

Paranormal investigator John-Paul Newlands explored one of the UK's spookiest homes in Yorkshire to contact the phantom.

The 40-year-old has since claimed he caught sight of the dreaded Black Monk in the bottom corner of an image of an upstairs bedroom at the property in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

Newlands claims the image shows the Black Monk of Pontefract in a "frightening" silhouette that shows the fabled ghost appearing with a long, hooded robe and its arms raised in front of him.

The terrifying spectral sighting was taken through a mirror to "catch the monk out," with Newlands brushing off claims of light reflection, instead boasting his method tricked the Black Monk into being seen.

The ghost hunter also claimed he was able to make contact with the monk through his mobile phone.

Pontefract is the site of one of the UK's most infamous alleged hauntings, with some calling the East Road haunting of 1966 "the UK's most violent haunting".

Newton said: "When I saw the picture, my heart sank. I won't lie I was really taken aback by it and I was at a point where I was nearly in tears.

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"It does look like the Black Monk. There was a lot of sadness in the room. I felt sad and uneasy. The moment I took that shot we all said that there was just something that was just not right about that room and then bang."

Ghost hunter Newton posted his image to his TikTok and Facebook pages, earning himself hundreds of reactions, with opinion on whether the image is real split.

Believers of Newton wrote in support, saying that they saw a "man in white robe with gold and a big face," and that his find was "fantastic."

But sceptics were not as impressed, with some detractors saying that it was just "over-exposure from light sources" causing a "lens flare".

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