Mysterious reports of 'demonic dog' attacking people on isolated Sheffield road
There are reports of demonic black dogs preying on lonely travellers on isolated roads in the dead of night dating back to the 12th Century.
In East Anglia they are known as Black Shuck, while in Yorkshire they are referred to as Boggards or Barghasts, and more than likely inspired the most famous demon dog of them all - Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles
But did you know that Sheffield has its own demon dog, and it was last reportedly sighted back in 2007.
The creature haunts the road in Bunting Nook, Norton, according to local legend, appearing in front of cars out of the darkness, causing them to stall. It has a dislike of men in particular and savages the male passenger in the vehicle.
Local legend states that it killed a 16-year-old called Alan Glover in 1846 and can turn itself into mist if threatened.
Spotted by numerous residents and several police officers over the years, the creature is described as extremely large, with huge, devilish, saucer-like eyes.
The black dog legends are often seen as an omen - warning of the imminent death of the person who sees it, or of a close family member, and some folklorists hold that the creatures patrol lay lines - sources of mysterious energy that threads around the world.
But Sheffield is not the only part of Yorkshire to have had sightings of the mysterious creatures, but true or fake, the demon dog is one of Sheffield's scariest apparitions.