In January of that year a pet shop worker fled his Kirkcaldy home claiming he’d suffered five months of ghostly bumps in the night, making the front page of the Fife Free Press for three weeks in a row, appearing on the national television news and ending with Fife Council calling in an exorcist.
Mark Anderson (20) insisted his council flat at Sutherland Place was haunted by a mischievous spectre, which was backed by previous tenant David Coxson who confirmed incidents happened when he lived there.
A rattled Mark left his home to move in with his girlfriend and asked the District Council to rehouse him.
He told the Fife Free Press he had heard bells ringing in the middle of the night and footsteps echoing through the top floor flat when he was alone.
Rooms suddenly turned cold and items began to go missing – money and even a pair of toenail clippers vanished into thin air.
Mark continued: “Most of the activity has centred on the bedroom. One night I was in bed and heard feet dragging along the carpet.
Matters had come to a head that week when his 17-year-old girlfriend Leah Livingstone was in the house.
Mark said: “On Sunday at 4.20am my radio started playing even though it was switched off at the mains.
“I saw a shadowy white figure at the bottom of the bed. It stayed for five minutes but when I moved it vanished. I’ve not been back since.
Another reader contacted the FFP to offer her sympathy, saying she suffered similar supernatural goings on at her flat in Cairns Street, before psychic Helen Walters spent a night at Mark’s and told the FFP – “it’s haunted”.
She said five spectres were the case of the problem – an old man and an old woman, a middle aged man, a sad man and the white-cloaked figure which finally drove Mark out.
Helen told Mark that he attracted supernatural activity and that he possessed psychic powers which he could not yet control.
She also claimed that she could feel a presence beside her as she sat in the bedroom and that one of the ghosts was angry.
A week later Mark was back in the news after telling the FFP Fife District Council had agreed to have his house cleansed by a psychic in a bid to exorcise the ghosts.
But he added: ”They can have the exorcism if they want but after all this I will never be able to sleep in there again.”
He said the mysterious happenings were still going on even though he had left the flat.
“The old man who lives beneath my flat asked if I was back because he’d heard the TV on in the flat at night. But I had not been near the place and everything is switched off.
“A few people have said that the lights in the flat keep going on and off, including a taxi driver who saw coloured lights.”
A Council spokesman confirmed that an exorcism would go ahead.
He said: “We have been in touch with a spiritualist and it is a case of arranging a suitable date.”