Night after night, a mother from Ipswich, England, woke up to the sound of a disturbing melody floating through the dark air.
The lyrics haunted the woman, flooding her body with fear as she heard a chilling child’s voice sing a nursery rhyme, night after night.
“It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring,” the voice sang. “Went to bed and bumped his head and couldn’t get up in the morning.”
After a year of fragmented sleep and questioning her own sanity, the unidentified woman finally decided to alert the authorities.
“It was waking me up in the night, it was absolutely terrifying,” the woman told the Ipswich Star.
“I heard it at all times of the night – 1am, 2am, 4am – it was sporadic, sometimes it would play once, other times it was over and over.”
“Last week it played for hours, it was just horrible,” she said.
Although skeptical of the woman’s story, the Ipswich Borough Council took her report seriously and opened up an investigation.
Authorities asked the woman to notify them the next time she heard the noise, which she did.
“We took a call around midnight and immediately went to the Bramford Road area to find out more,” a council spokesman said.
It turned out, the woman wasn’t crazy.
“We did hear the nursery rhyme playing from an industrial premises and it sounded very eerie at that time of night,” the spokesman said. “We appreciate that people living nearby would find it quite spooky.”
The programmed sound was part of the property’s alarm system, meant to deter potential thieves.
The alarm system operated on a motion sensor, which authorities determined was being triggered by spiders crawling across the sensors.
“The sound is only supposed to act as a deterrent for opportunistic thieves that come onto our property, and it’s designed only to be heard by people on our private land,” said a spokesman from the property.
“We are now aware of the problem,” the spokesman said. “The motion sensors were being triggered by spiders crawling across the lenses of our cameras and it looks like we’ve had it turned up too loudly.”
Solving the creepy mystery has brought a good deal of relief to the mother of two children. She said she’s looking forward to getting a good night’s sleep once again.
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