GHOST hunters wishing to explore the unknown at Brean Fort say they are getting a raw deal from the castle's owner, The National Trust.

The spooky activity is becoming more popular following the success of television shows such as Most Haunted.

Now groups and societies wishing to follow in such footsteps fear that owners of the allegedly haunted hangouts are taking advantage of the newfound popularity.

Spokesman for the British Paranormal Association South West, Garry Evans, said: "We looked at Brean Fort because we thought it would be a good location for paranormal investigation.

"We applied to hire the venue overnight, but it took six months to hear anything back, and when we did we were told that it would cost up to £1,000."

Garry says that there was no way the group could afford to pay that much, and feels investigators are being exploited.

See Wednesday's Weekly News for the full story.