Some believe in ghosts and the supernatural - but others will not entertain the idea of spooky things that go bump in the night.

Whatever your view, ghost hunting is big business and there are many buildings and areas in Staffordshire believers of the paranormal say are haunted.

And for those who are believers, seeing a spirit is a truly terrifying experience.

Staffordshire certainly has pedigree when it comes to ghouls, with hunters saying it is among the most haunted places they have visited.

So we have taken a look at places in and around Burton where there are said to have been sightings.

There have been stories of neighbours who actually died hours earlier and even reports of people seeing the ghost of a World War Two gunner who was decapitated by a Lancaster bomber.

Let's have a look at some of the strangest and most fascinating ghost stories from across Staffordshire:

Phantom horse-drawn coach and a hanged witch

Sinai House, off Shobnall Road, Burton
Sinai House, off Shobnall Road, Burton

Well known for being the site of ghostly activity, visitors to Sinai House, off Shobnall Road, have reported a phantom horse-drawn coach, a hanged witch and a hooded monk who appears at the foot of the bed in a bedroom.

Sir Henry Paget, who was Wellington's second in command at the battle of Waterloo, is also said to still roam the grounds, as well as the grey lady seen on the bridge over the moat looking for her lost love.

Apparently, during ghost walks, people have been pulled and thrown across the room, electrical items have gone wrong for no reason, and people have also heard the whispering of the dead.

'The Keeper'

Tutbury Castle
Tutbury Castle

Tutbury Castle has been host to hundreds of paranormal investigations over the years, even including a visit from the Most Haunted TV series and it is believed many ghosts call the castle walls their home.

These include ghosts in the King's bedroom, Mary Queen of Scots and 'The Keeper' - seen wearing a full suit of armour and behaving in a manner that might best be described as authoritative.

This ghostly figure has been seen stepping out in John of Gaunt's Gateway and bellowing "Get thee hence!" and has been spotted in broad daylight.

A bushy bearded man in Abbots Bromley

It is rumoured that, at the Royal Oak Inn, in Abbots Bromley, a cloaked man with a bushy beard has been spotted lurking around the attic and in one of the bathrooms.

It is not known who the man is.

It is also said that a small, blonde girl has been seen at the top of the cellar steps and unearthly notes coming from a non-existent music box have been heard in the bar area.

Smell of old aftershave

Staff at the site of a business park in Barton, on the land of the former RAF Tatenhill site, reported that between 2008 and 2010, that old aftershave could be smelt from a corner of a warehouse.

The smell is only ever noticed at around 8.30pm.

It was also reported that young men could be heard in disused buildings, even though no-one was in them at the time.

A vanishing woman

A former security guard at Bretby Business Park reported that in the 2000s, he was approached by a young woman wearing a summer dress, although it was winter at the time.

The woman said she was lost and needed directions to Stapenhill, which he gave to her.

The CCTV footage of the night caught the guard speaking and gesturing, but there was no sign of the young woman.

The last heretic

The Last Heretic pub, in Station Street, Burton
The Last Heretic pub, in Station Street, Burton

The micro-pub The Last Heretic was named after Edward Wrightman, the last Christian martyr to be burned alive in Lichfield.

He died on April 11, 1612.

Mr Wrightman was from Burton and his ghost is reported to still reside in the town.

Young boy walks the corridors

Reported in the 1990s, the former Burton Mail office, situated in High Street, Burton, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a printer and by the sound of mysterious feet running down the main staircase.

It is also believed that ghosts of a maid and a young boy walk the corridors.

Reporters were never keen to stay late on their own, or use the women's toilets on the top floor.

Many reported an 'unnerving cold sensation' at one end of the toilets.