• Story by Caroline Redley, taken from the Express & Star 18 September 2003.
A ghostbuster has stepped in at a Black Country corner shop where five weeks of chaos have sparked rumours of a poltergeist at work.
The One Stop Shop, in Norton, Stourbridge, has been hit by power cuts and customers have heard tales of packages flying from shelves, bottles moving around, buckets turned upside down and drinks poured over sweets.
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The supermarket firm which owns the store dismissed the supernatural and says power cuts are due to problems with the electricity supply. David Nash, area manager for Tesco-owned T&S Stores, said: "We have been experiencing electrical problems there for about five weeks along with
some other shops in the area. "We have had a team of electricians down there and they are fitting generators to rectify the problems."
However, customers and staff at the Gigmill pub, in South Road, have continued to discuss the events.
One customer, who did not wish to be named, said: "We have heard that at night buckets have been turned upside down.
"When they came to open up one morning the whisky bottles had been lined up and blackcurrant squash poured over the pick and mix sweets. "They keep having all their electrics go off as well, they have had them go off when there is no fault. "But sometimes one little incident can happen and then everyone thinks anything unusual after that is connected."
James Dunn, aged 20, who works at the neighbouring Norton Fisheries, said he had witnessed strange events himself. "I rubbished the stories at first but something definitely strange was going on while I was there."
Regular customer and clairvoyant Paul De'Aaran offered his help free when he heard about the problems. He believes the source of the problem was the confused spirit of an elderly lady who, before her recent death, had liked visiting the store.
The Stourton-based psychic, who advises Michael Barrymore, Barbara Windsor, Simply Red's Mick Hucknall and snooker's Steve Davis, went to the shop on Monday. He said as soon as he walked into the store he could feel a presence. "This was nothing nasty, in fact it was a compliment to the shop that she felt she wanted to go back there," he said. "I stood and concentrated and took her with me out of the shop and sent her on the right road."
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