There have been 968 reports of demonic activity in Britain during the past quarter-century, according to research conducted by Lionel Fanthorpe for the latest DVD release of the US television series Supernatural, which is normally broadcast on the cable channel Living.
Fanthorpe, one of the UK’s leading authorities on unexplained phenomena, compiled his statistics from archives, websites and his own files. The data relate to sightings and recordings of supernatural beings with satanic qualities.
The most demonic county is revealed to be Yorkshire, with 74 reports of demons, demonic possession and sightings of hell hounds, water demons, ghouls and werewolves.
South-Western counties scored particularly highly, with Devon coming second in the league table, with 57 reports, followed by Somerset (51) and Wiltshire (46). Dorset was in sixth position, with 37 reports.
Inverness came fifth, with 39 reports, which included 13 sightings of water ghosts, evil spirits whose main purpose is to lure their victims into dangerous water and then drown them.
Norfolk and Lancashire were seventh equal (32 reports), with Sussex and Derbyshire eighth equal (30), Essex and Suffolk ninth equal (29) and Lincolnshire in tenth place (24).
Fanthorpe’s research has been reported in various media, including: