More reports of Vampires in Yorkshire than in Transylvania

David Niven as he appears in "Vampire" as Count Dracula Credit: PA

A new study shows that there are more reports of paranormal activity in Yorkshire than anywhere else in the UK.

The findings were compiled by paranormal investigator Rev Lionel Fanthorpe, who says he has uncovered 11,000 reports of unexplained phenomena in Britain since 1914.

There has only been a handful of reports of any kind of paranormal activity in Transylvania over the same time period.

615 'paranormal activity' cases have been reported in Yorkshire over the last 100 years.

In the whole of Britain, 11,204 reports were filed, 206 of them referring to 'vampire encounters'.

The study was commissioned to mark the start of new vampire TV series called The Strain. It looks at 50 years of paranormal investigative records.

Two of the vampires looked at in the investigation are:

  • THE BERWICK VAMPIRE - This is one of the earliest accounts of a British vampire. The locals apparently eventually found his resting place and set his corpse alight.

  • THE ALNWICK VAMPIRE - Alnwick was apparently previously known as home to a terrifying vampire. This vampire was reported to have had a hunchback and in the Middle Ages he would stalk the grounds of the castle. It's been said that locals attacked him with pitchforks and torches, reducing him to ash.

Top 5 areas for paranormal sightings in the UK

  • Yorkshire - 615

  • London - 511

  • Essex - 475

  • Sussex - 417