Spooked mum convinced her house is haunted after photographing ‘ghost’ in kitchen

Naomi Hudson Reed, 38, hears doors slamming, footsteps on the floor above and screeching over the baby monitor at her house in Clyst St Mary, Devon

Naomi Hudson Reed, 38, always felt there was a supernatural presence her five-bedroom house in Clyst St Mary, Devon.

The former interior designer was terrified when she heard the sound of doors slamming, footsteps on the floor above and screeching over the baby monitor when her sons were asleep.

But she got the shock of her life when she took a photograph in her kitchen and saw a man’s face featuring a receding hairline, large nose and narrow eyes.

She said: “I’d felt uncomfortable in my house before. I was convinced there were ghosts but to actually see a face so clearly is something else. I was terrified.

“I nearly screamed and dropped my phone, I had to ask my husband Gary whether he could see the face too and he agreed. That made it even more scary.

“We’re such level-headed people and try to always think logically, but ever since we’ve moved into this house spooky things keep on happening.”

Naomi and her partner Gary, a 46-year-old property developer, heard footsteps in the detached house almost as soon as they moved in two years ago.

And since having their children, Harrison, two, and Hudson, one, they often hear screams and screeches over the baby monitor.

Naomi said: “They’re loud but when we go and check on the boys they’re asleep and not making any noise.

“One evening the screeching was so intense from Harrison’s room. It didn’t sound like him crying but I went to check on him anyway.

“But when I got there he was asleep in his cot in a really heavy sleep. I was so unsettled I woke up Gary and told him what had happened but neither of us could explain it.”

Naomi became convinced the house, which they are renovating, was haunted but they did not have any proof until they spotted the spooky face in a picture.

She added: “We’re getting rid of the dated 70s interior that we both hate and I wanted to show off what we’d done to the kitchen.

“I couldn’t believe it. His face was only in one picture and I didn’t understand how as I’d taken loads in the same spot.”

The couple believed their youngest son’s room felt the spookiest place in the house.

Namoi said: “Harrison used to be in that room but we had to swap the boys around as he wouldn’t settle when he was in there.

“He used to cry and cry, nothing would soothe him. His toys would also randomly go off and start playing music and light up in the middle of the night which was weird but it wasn’t as if he was playing with them, he’d be fast asleep.

“Going into his room I’d have a horrible feeling that something or someone was watching me and I would also see shadows out the corner of my eye dart around the room.

“It was terrifying and I’d be worried about leaving either of the boys in the room.”

But it’s not just in Hudson’s bedroom that Naomi felt a supernatural presence.

She added: “We’d be in the lounge watching TV in the evening and all of a sudden we’d hear footsteps on the hallway above us.

“The boys are too young to walk so we were terrified that someone had broken in and was walking around upstairs. But when we checked there was no one there.”

The confused couple even checked the inside of their loft just to make sure it was completely empty.

At first Naomi thought maybe the death of her dad when she was pregnant could have something to do with the hauntings. But she now believes the paranormal activity could be something more sinister.

She said: “I lost my dad when I was pregnant with Harrison in 2017 and I thought maybe it could be his presence that we were feeling in Hudson’s room.

“Hudson’s first word was ‘dad’ and he always points to the walls in his bedroom and says dad over and over.

“At first I thought it could be Hudson’s grandfather watching over him but it’s not a nice, reassuring feeling at all and the man’s face that I saw doesn’t look like my father either.

“It feels cold and uncomfortable, the complete opposite of how it would feel if the presence of a loved one were around.

“We wouldn’t want to move now as we’re still doing up the house. We love how modern it is now and what we’ve done with it.”

But Naomi wouldn’t rule out a move in the future.

She added: “If the screaming and the banging became all the time then I’d move as I want my family to be safe.

“After snapping that man’s face, I’m worried what I’m going to see or hear next.”