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Man arrested for pretending to be a ghost in a haunted cemetery

A man in the UK was arrested for pretending to be a ghost by scaring mourners in a cemetery
A man in the UK was arrested for pretending to be a ghost by scaring mourners in a cemetery
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A man was arrested recently for pretending to be a ghost in an alleged haunted cemetery. Police were summoned to the cemetery when mourners that were visiting their loved ones called to complain about "wooooo" noises coming from behind the gravestones, the Daily Mail reported this month.

Anthony Stallard was arrested at the Kingston Cemetery in Portsmouth, United Kingdom earlier this month. Police charged the 24-year-old with threatening and using abusive words or behavior likely to cause distress.

Stallard was heard throughout the cemetery making "wooooo" noises and a few mourners even witnessed him running around flailing his arms and throwing himself backwards. A caretaker from the cemetery said that Stallard often plays soccer with friends in the cemetery.

"This defendant was effectively singing loudly and being disrespectful in among the graves. He was throwing himself backwards, waving his arms about and going 'wooooo' so I'm assuming he was pretending to be a ghost," Prosecutor Tim Concannon told Portsmouth Magistrates' Court.

Stallard was on probation for 12 months for other crimes that he had committed. He was charged in January with harassment and assault last August. He was ordered to pay a fine, pay court costs, and serve three months in jail for the incident.

"He has accepted that his behavior, if it had been outside of a cemetery, would not have been inappropriate. But inside a cemetery, while people are grieving for their loved ones, it might be," Stallard's defense attorney Denise Saunders said.

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