A TRIBE of subterranean creatures who surface on Cannock Chase to hunt for food could be behind a rash of 'werewolf' and Big Foot sightings near Stafford.
And the mysterious beings could also be responsible for a string of pet disappearances, it has been claimed.
West Midlands Ghost Club, our area's top paranormal investigation group, say they have been contacted by a number of shocked eye-witnesses who claim they have come to face to face with a 'hairy, wolf-type creature' at the beauty spot.
A scout leader and a local post man are amongst the 'credible' witnesses to contact the club. Theories behind the sightings range from a crazed tramp to aliens.
But now another paranormal expert has put forward the theory the sub-human beast is not a werewolf at all - but a Stone Age throwback.
The investigator, who wishes to remain anonymous, told us: "Strange sightings in this area have been made over many years by civilians, military, police, ex-police and scout leaders on patrol.
"Some incidents have been reported and logged but others not - some people don't want to be classed as 'mad'.
"The strangest rumour has come from a senior local resident who believes the mysterious intruders to be subterranean," he told us.
"The creatures have made their way to the surface via old earthworks to hunt, for example, local deer."
And, on the surface, the far-fetched tale could be easily dismissed. However, our expert added: "It's a fact that there has been significant mining activity under Cannock Chase for centuries. And it's a fact there is a high rate of domestic pet disappearance in the area - especially dogs off the lead...just ask anyone who walks their dog near the German War Cemetery..."
Nick Duffy, a lead member of West Midlands Ghost Club, told us he was intrigued by this new theory: "It's as likely as any of the others - so it could well be," he said
Article Link from 14-08-2008
There are alot of tunnels under the chase from the mining that used to happen in the area, so it is possible that something has set up home in the tunnel systems