This ghoulish face peering out of the darkness from the gents in a city centre Indian restaurant is enough to give anybody the willies.
Aaron Ali, co-owner of the family-run Bombay Palace restaurant in Upper Northgate Street, Chester, was sitting in the dark at the front of the eating house about 3am one morning, just before last Christmas, when he heard the sound of a door banging.
Everybody else had gone home, except for the waiter who had retired to his upstairs living quarters, and Mr Ali decided to film the scene on his mobile because he was slightly unnerved by the noise.
However, his mobile was set on stills camera mode and he took a snap shot which looked innocuous at first. However, on zooming in he spotted the creepy looking face in the background, positioned where the gents toilet mirror is located.
Mr Ali explained: “I thought it must be the light hitting the mirror in the gents toilet because when we clean up we use a mop to hold the door open. I thought it was some sort of reflection.
“When you first look at the photo you think there’s nothing there but when you zoom in you can see what looks like a face.”
Mr Ali said customers, a handyman who does work at the restaurant, the chef and his brother Zafor, with whom he runs the business, had always thought there was “something” towards the back of the building.
In addition, an empty coffin had been found in the cellar of the restaurant in the 1980s with no explanation as to what it was doing there.
Mr Ali, from Newton, denied altering the image, saying: “I don’t know anything about computers.”
He had been reluctant to share the photo because he does not want to unsettle his young children who often visit the restaurant. “I don’t want to scare them,” he said.