Cold spots in rooms and halls. Flying objects. Phantom figures glimpsed on the edge of vision. Throughout 2014 and 2015, areas of Bradford City Hall used by the police experienced all of them. The sightings were totally inexplicable, but there was one prime suspect: ‘Chains Charlie’, City Hall’s resident ghost.

So who do the police call when they’re being haunted? Enter author Les Vasey, himself a former senior police officer and a member of the Society for Psychical Research. He carried out an in depth investigation into the phenomena and now discusses what he found out with Martin Baines, retired police officer and chair of the Bradford Police Museum. Join them at this dual event for the launch of Les’ book, ‘Chains Charlie: The Ghost of City Hall’ and a tour of the museum. Perhaps you’ll have a chance to cross-examine Chains Charlie for yourself; you never know when he’ll arrive…

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About The Author

Les Vasey

Author Les Vasey is Deputy Director of Bradford Police Museum and a Member of the Society for Psychical Research. He had a successful career in the police attaining the rank of Chief Superintendent in Bradford. He regularly guides groups around the Victorian Police Museum in Bradford’s City Hall where he undertook investigations into reports of psychic activities.


Martin Baines

Martin Baines is a former senior police officer and director of the Bradford Police Museum, located in the historic City Hall and offering a unique insight into the development of crime and punishment in the city from the early 19th century.