Creepiest Way to Wake Up? Terrifying Nursery Rhyme Spooks Town Residents In The Middle of the Night

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In this file photo, the full moon is pictured as seen from Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on July 28, 2018. The eerie music would wake Ipswich residents in the middle of the night. ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

How would you feel waking up every night to the eerie sound of a child's nursery rhyme drifting down your empty street? It may sound like something from a horror movie, but residents in the British town of Ipswich had to live the nightmare for several months.

One woman, who asked not to be named, told the BBC that the sound of a disembodied child's voice singing "It's raining, it's pouring" woke her many times, leaving her confused and terrified.

"The first time I heard it, it was the most terrifying thing ever. I went cold and felt sick, and thought 'what on Earth was that?'" she explained. The singing would apparently stop for months at a time, before returning when she least expected it.

After one night in particular when the song would play every "two to three minutes," she could take no more. The woman notified the local council, who sent an official to investigate the mysterious music. As it turns out, the scared women was not the only one to have complained.

The culprit turned out to be a burglar alarm at a nearby industrial estate, which would play the nursery rhyme when trespassers were detected, the Ipswich Star reported.

It might have worked on human intruders, but it didn't work on a local spider, which had made a home on a camera linked to the alarm. Every time the arachnid made its way across the CCTV system, local residents would get a fright.

"We apologise to everyone that has made us aware they were affected—the alarm's intention was never to have affected the residents," the council officer said.

A council spokesman said the incident was "unique in our experience—it was difficult to believe a nursery rhyme would be playing in the middle of the night." The spokesman admitted that the song "sounded very eerie" when heard on the deserted streets late at night. "We appreciate that people living nearby would find it quite spooky."

A spokesman for the company that owned the industrial site told the Star, "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."

Following the complaints, the spokesman acknowledged the company "had it turned up too loudly."

The council asked the woman to stand by her windows as the company adjusted the volume of the creepy alarm. She confirmed the terrifying voice no longer made its way down her street, finally setting her weary mind at ease.

"It's a massive relief and I'm looking forward to getting some actual sleep from now on," she said.