Of the 21 werewolf sightings reported over the last thirty years all but one have been on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire according to a recent survey of the supernatural.  The Chase is notorious for UFO sightings and strange lights but also for tales of ghostly encounters, even “stone age” and “subterranean" creatures .
The Paranormal Database records an odd event in Eccleshall, Staffordshire in April 1975 as a “Suicidal Lycanthrope” when a teenager reported that his friend had called him just before midnight saying that his skin was changing and that he was turning into a wolf. His friend was later found dead at the village crossroads having apparently killed himself with a knife. 
The same year a paranormal research group visited Cannock Chase with several of them claiming they saw a snarling wolf-like creature rear up on its hind legs and run into bushes.
In April 2007 the Stafford Post newspaper printed the following account after the West Midlands Ghost Club had been called in to investigate claims from local people who had seen a ‘werewolf-type creature’ prowling around the Chase:
"A rash of sightings of a 'werewolf' type creature prowling around the outskirts of Stafford have prompted a respected Midlands paranormal group to investigate. West Midlands Ghost Club says they have been contacted by a number of shocked residents who saw what they claimed to be a `hairy wolf-type creature' walking on its hind legs around the German War Cemetery, just off Camp Road, in between Stafford and Cannock. Several of them claim the creature sprang up on its hind legs and ran into the nearby bushes when it was spotted."
Nick Duffy of the West Midlands Ghost Club took what they called ‘credible eyewitness accounts’ from a local scout master and postman, who claimed they had come face to face with the Werewolf saying that the stories of werewolf sightings in the Chase area were something that he had encountered before. He said: “The first person to contact us was a postman, who told us he had seen what he thought was a werewolf on the German War Cemetery site. He said he was over there on a motorbike and saw what he believed was a large dog. When he got closer, the creature got on his hind legs and ran away."
Duffy added that: "I've spoke to many witnesses and I know when they are putting it on. But what struck me as strange about this was the way he told it. I'm in no doubt that he was telling the truth."
Over the past decade there have been a high number of pet disappearances reported in the vicinity of the German War Cemetery and the area has been the site of a number of a animal mutilations.
The most recent werewolf sighting was reported in the Sunday Mercury in January 2010 when a local resident out walking her dog on Cannock Chase came across an enormous wolf-like animal that stood and stared at her for a while before turning and disappearing in to the woods. 
Perhaps the most well known case of a werewolf encounter in recent times is not from Staffordshire but the Hexham Heads in the 1970's when renowned Celtic scholar Dr Anne Ross, then working at the University of Southampton, took possession of two apparently Celtic carved stone heads and placed the heads among her own collection prior to making an assessment of them and experienced the eerie presence of a strange figure at her home that “was about six feet high, slightly stooping, and it was black, against the white door, and it was half animal and half man. The upper part, I would have said, was a wolf, and the lower part was human and, I would have again said, that it was covered with a kind of black, very dark fur”. 
Today the whereabouts of the Hexham Heads is not known.
1. According to The Fringe Weird Report by Lionel Fanthorpe, there have been more than 250 official reported cases of paranormal occurrences in the UK over the past 30 years, including 109 UFO sightings and 21 werewolf sightings.
2. Werewolf and Vampire reports from the Paranormal Database.
3. Sunday Mercury online 13 January 2010
4. Don Robins - The Secret Language of Stone, Rider & Co, 1988.
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