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Rocking horse is 'moved and thrown across room by ghosts of children in haunted antiques shop'

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An antiques dealer claims a Bambi rocking horse mysteriously moved by itself before being thrown off the showroom shelf - by the ghosts of little children.

Daniel Parker came into work at Barnsley Antiques Centre, South Yorks, to find the 1960s toy lying on the shop floor.

The 45-year-old quickly rewound one of the store's 24-hour CCTV cameras to discover the toy begin eerily moving despite nothing being near it.

After being plagued by hundreds of unexplained events in his two years owning the shop, customers suggest it is the ghosts of little children - however, the dad of two remains sceptical.

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Daniel said: "It was just completely bizarre - and I'm a sceptic.

"It just starts slowly rocking - just stopping and starting and then it flips off, as if someone is getting off the toy.

"As soon as I found it on the floor I immediately went to rewind the CCTV to see what it was.

"The thing is I've tried recreating the movement. I've tried moving the toy backwards and forwards in the way that it does on film, but it's just impossible to recreate it.

"That movement just looks like it would have to be somebody on it. There's absolutely no explanation."

Daniel says he bought the toy for £100 after seeing it on Facebook, thinking it would be good for the shop window display.

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"Whatever is making it move, it's not evil. About 85% of people who speculate say it's probably the ghosts of children.

"Some have said it's a poltergeist but it can't be because it's not hurt anybody.

"We get people saying spirits have talked to them in store. We don't know what to believe.

"We get people all the time coming in and asking if they can set up their paranormal equipment to try and investigate to see if there's any spooky goings on."

The site was allegedly an old mill in the eighteenth century - and a babycare store before Daniel set up shop.

He said: "People have seen the video on social media and say that it's the ghosts of dead children scurrying around.

"We had another incident that was quite popular locally. We had a cabinet just explode without explanation. We also had some pictures move on the walls.'

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He also said when his daughter Kacey was about 11 she ran screaming from the shop basement after going down there for a wander.

"I said 'what's up, what's up?' and she said 'an arm reached out to grab me'," he said.

"I said 'there's nothing there, there's nothing there'. I'm still a sceptic but there's just no explanation for any of it.

"They do say that the mill owner who worked on the old mill on the site in the 1800s died here - he hanged himself in the 1960s apparently - just five steps away from where we are right now.

"But, if you ask me, I'm still a sceptic about the whole thing."

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