Mummified hand spirited away from haunted pub

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An historic Wiltshire pub is appealing for the return of a mummified hand, stolen in the latest twist in a long running ghost story.The severed hand,...

An historic Wiltshire pub is appealing for the return of a mummified hand, stolen in the latest twist in a long running ghost story.

The severed hand, said to have originally belonged a gambler caught cheating at cards at the Haunch of Venison pub in Salisbury, was stolen earlier this month.

The grisly artefact, clutching a handful of 18th century playing cards, has been displayed at the pub ever since it was unearthed during a renovation almost a century ago. It has become a well-know tourist attraction.

The hand clutches a number of 18th century playing cards - which were already in its grasp when the hand was found during a renovation a century ago.

The ghost of the unfortunate gambler, known to regulars as the Demented Whist Player, is one of two restless spirits believed to regularly prowl the 700-year-old pub. The other, known as the Grey Lady, is said to be searching for a lost child.

The hand, which was displayed in a padlocked case, disappeared on March 15 during the early evening. Owner Arnaud Rochet hopes its disappearance is simply a practical joke. He said: "It is part of the history of this place. I'd never think something like this could happen." Wiltshire Police are investigating the theft.

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