When a glass door in an empty locked room shattered spontaneously and a painting mysteriously fell from a wall, workers at an antiques store were left both mystified and terrified.
Children who saw the ghostly happenings ran away screaming and workers trawled through CCTV images for an explanation for what was happening, finding none.
But now the 'ghost' behind the mysterious activity may have been rumbled as a specialist team of ghost hunters found that a tramp, who used to hang around an abandoned cemetery that the shop has been built on, could be haunting the shop and be responsible for the damage.
A picture hanging on the wall of the antiques shop appeared to spontaneously fall from the wall
CCTV images show children running from Barnsley Antiques Store after a picture mysteriously fell from the wall
Danny Parker, the owner of Barnsley Antiques Store, called in GCUK Paranormal Ghost Hunters to host a vigil and investigate the unexplained goings-on.
Experts found that spirits seemed to be connected to the antiques.
They also believe a tramp, whose presence was felt in the antiques shop, could be responsible. The man who used to hang around in a graveyard that was situated where the store now is.
Jenny Bryant, founder of GCUK said: 'There used to be a church there I'm told, and he used to hang around watching what was going on.
Danny Parker, owner of Barnsley Antiques Store, called in expert 'ghost hunters' after a number of spooky events took place at the shop
'We had a medium with us who told us about him. We don't know what his name was but we don't think he was nasty, he was just particularly nosy.
'He was interested in what was going on in the shop so he was making a lot of noise and throwing ornaments.
'She did however seem to think he was quite happy about the shop being turned into an antiques shop and so he was just trying to make that known.
A team of ghost hunters (pictured) from from GCUK were called into the store to investigate the mystery activity
'There were also some children picked up as well and they were the ones being particularly mischievous.'
Ms Bryant added: 'Hauntings can happen at any of the day as Daniel has found on the CCTV. In this case they are coming out of the history of the objects he has in the shop.
'We went in one night after hearing what had happened in the shop.
A glass cabinet was sat alone in a locked room in the antiques store
It spontaneously smashed, leaving workers wondering what had happened
The moment the antique glass cabinet smashed in the empty room was captured on CCTV
'We set up all the cameras and equipment and took pictures while asking for things to make themselves known.
'We asked questions and got a huge response. This was much different to what normally happens.
The paranormal events started last month when a glass cabinet smashed without warning in an empty room.
Further examination of CCTV showed no-one was near the object when it spontaneously shattered all over the shop’s floor.
Shop owner Mr Parker called in ghost hunting experts after a series of mysterious events took place at the antiques store in Barnsley
Mr Parker, 42, said: 'I never really believed in ghostly things, but I can’t find any other explanation for what’s been happening.
'Since I’ve had people in who’ve described them as friendly ghosts, I’m not too worried and I think it adds some novelty and charm to the shop.
'They haven’t actually damaged anything so we’re just waiting for things to happen now, when the ghosts feel like being playful.'
Mr Parker claims since the first incident in September he has heard children singing the nursery rhyme Incy Wincy Spider as well as had pictures falling off the wall and statues spontaneously falling over.
GCUK said they believed some of the paranormal events were taking place because they were connected to items in the store. Mr Parker has started buying antiques he thinks could attract further ghosts.