A man has been fined for pretending to be a ghost in a cemetery. Anthony Stallard, 24, had been out drinking when he went to Kingston Cemetery in Portsmouth, Hampshire. While there with friend Martin Collingwood, Stallard was seen kicking a football at graves before making ghostly noises within earshot of people visiting graves. He was reported to police, who arrested him and charged him with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause distress.
Prosecuting at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court, Tim Concannon said: “While the football was going on they were shouting and this defendant was effectively singing loudly and being disrespectful in among the graves. He was throwing himself backwards, waving his arms about and going ‘wooooooo’. I’m assuming he was pretending to be a ghost.” Stallard accepted at a previous hearing that his behaviour could cause distress to grieving relatives and had pleaded guilty.