A mum-of-two has been left terrified after a ghostly apparition appeared in a photo that she took of her children.
Laura Watson, from Newcastle, took the picture of her son Byrin, daughter Charlotte and their cousin Jack on a trip to Plessey Woods Park, before noticing what appears to be a small child over his shoulder in the image.
She is now so freaked out by the image she claims that it has stopped her from being able to sleep.
"It's very unusual and everyone is really freaked out. Me and my daughter couldn't even go to sleep last night because we were so scared," said Laura, a medical receptionist.
"My husband is on night shifts and I was alone and I was like 'oh God'. I was terrified in case anything had followed us back.
"I've had people on our Facebook saying they are going to send me prayers. I didn't believe in anything like that until I saw this for myself."
Laura was enjoying the weather in the park with her family and their dogs when she decided to take the snap of the kids playing a tree.
"There was no one behind the tree, my daughter or my nephew would have seen them. There was nobody there," she said. "There was only us there. It's very, very bizarre."
"When I got home I put the picture on the computer and when it zoomed in and I was able to see it closer, I thought what is that thing behind Byrin?
"It looks like a child to me, I don't know if it's a girl or a boy. But I can see this face and it looks like the hand is on my son's shoulder, which is very bizarre.
"Some people have said I must have Photoshopped it as they can't believe it. But I've explained that I wouldn't even have a clue how to do anything like that."
"It was literally taken on a phone," she continued. "I'm rubbish with technology and I'm just not the kind of person to do that."
Some people have suggested that the image could be the spirit of a boy who died in the woods years ago.
"I don't know much about the history of the woods but some people are saying that many moons ago a young boy drowned in the river. You don't know if it's just hearsay."
"People are asking if Byrin had a twin and if he died but he had nothing like that. I've not had any kids die in my family so it couldn't be anyone that I know."
"It certainly isn't something that I'm familiar with. I've never, ever experienced anything like it in my life. It was just a normal day. It was lovely hot day and we were just having fun."Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media