IT seems ghosts haunted a North Cotswold pub before being stirred up by a car crashing into it.

Denise Povey contacted the Journal after reading last week’s front page report about ghostly activity seemingly being triggered at Moreton’s Pub and Restaurant by a car crashing into it on December 13.

A 13-strong team, from the Ghostfinder Paranormal Society, will spend a night at Moreton’s next month to undertake a paranormal investigation.

Denise and husband Graham ran the pub, situated at Salford Hill on the A44 road between Moreton and Chipping Norton, from 2002 until 2007 when it was called The Cross Hands Inn.

She said Graham saw a woman, wearing old-fashioned clothes, walk across the bar before disappearing into thin air.

Denise said Graham once heard a woman call to him, while walking through the low-beamed upstairs corridor, when he knew nobody else was present.

Denise, who now lives in Chipping Norton with Graham, recalled they sometimes smelt strong perfume when descending the stairs in the morning.

She said they were once in the sitting room when its door was kicked at a time when nobody else was inside the Grade II building that is about 600 years old.

Denise also remembered their son, Harry, hearing a woman calling to him. She said, about four years ago, a van crashed into the same wall hit by the car. Denise said this had no effect on the ghostly activity.

“There were spooky goings on,” said Denise.

It has not yet been established why the car crashed into the building to leave a hole, measuring approximately 12 feet by 12 feet, in the front wall.

An ambulance took the driver to hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

About 18 people were on the premises at the time but nobody was seriously hurt.

Moreton’s restaurant has been closed ever since, with only drinks and a reduced menu being served.

The restaurant will probably be closed for another two or three months.