Teenager's spooky selfie shows growling ghost in bedroom

The 'spirit' has the face of an old man

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The eerie image that is giving the Day family nightmare

A teenager's bedroom is being haunted by a ghost which was caught on camera while he was taking a selfie, his family claim.

Just like the horror movie Insidious, Niall Day was left freaked out when his nan Lynn Peters, 64, pointed out that his picture didn't show him as alone as he thought when he updated his Facebook profile picture on September 5.

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The eerie image, taken at his house in Preston, Lancashire, shows Niall in the foreground, but behind him is a dark figure at the back of the room that he believes has the face of an 'old man', complete with two eyes and a nose staring at the camera.

Parents Gary and Charlotte also claim the family home has been haunted for years, with the ghost 'reacting to family members moving things around', growling, groaning and appearing as a black shadow over Niall's bed like in the hit 2008 film Insidious.

Niall said: "I have to admit it was pretty freaky.

"I was just taking a few pictures to update my Facebook profile and I uploaded it without even noticing it - it was my nan who spotted it.

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"She messaged me saying 'there's a ghost in that picture' and then deleted the comment for some reason and then she private messaged me.

Credits: Mercury Press & MediaNiall with his father Gary

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"I can't make it out but it sort of looks like an old man with eyes and a nose - it was really detailed.

"The haunting started when we moved in - I think that was about five or six years ago. I think it's the same ghost.

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"One time I woke up during the night and it was just sat there in the corner of my room growling at me.

Credits: Mercury Press & MediaNiall was taking selfies when he made the discovery

"It was sat there for about a minute. It was really freaky and I could remember most of the details.

"It was like the film Insidious. When I turned off the lights it just groaned and I could see a black shadow. It was just like the film.

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"I remember just screaming for my Dad and it just kept appearing and disappearing.

"My dad saw it at the same time as me and the thing stayed there for a minute then started walking towards me but I can't remember anything else because the rest was blurry.

"From what I reckon it's probably the ghost of a person who died here - somebody who lived here before.

Credits: Mercury Press & MediaThe 17-year-old's nan pointed out that he wasn't alone in his own profile picture

"We've had people come outside the house and say they've seen things from the outside.

"There is clearly a ghostly presence here and it doesn't like you moving stuff around the house.

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And it's not just Niall who believes the house has an unwelcome guest. In fact, his mum and dad are convinced that something lurks within Niall's room in particular.

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Niall's dad Gary, 44, said: "The house has been haunted but nothing has happened for a long time.

"Before I saw that picture of Niall I'd just didn't really believe it completely.

"But we've had people around the street walking past saying that Niall's room has been haunted for years.

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"That photo is a freaky thing because you can see there's somebody there."

Niall's mum Charlotte, 40, said: "There's something in this house.

"I was looking at the picture and I noticed it too. I was just on my tablet and when I saw Lynn's comments and I was just so horrified.

"We've taken pictures around the house before and it's been quiet for a couple of years.

"This is the first time I've seen anything in pictures before. It's just so scary because it looks like an old man staring at you.

"The house must be haunted."

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