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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Suspected UFO sighting leads to Cumbria hotspot claim

Could the Solway Spaceman be preparing for another landing?

Sharon Larkin photo
Sharon Larkin

That is the question which could emerge after a woman spotted a suspected UFO in the skies above Silloth.

And it has increased some experts’ belief that Cumbria is becoming a hotspot for extra-terrestrial activity.

North West UFO Research says they have received a witness report of a red or orange ball in the sky – about the size of a football.

It was spotted by a woman walking home along Wampool Street at about 7.30pm last Tuesday.

She told UFO-watchers that the object, which was quite low in the sky, was at first “still and silent”, but as she got closer to the object it shot off at high-speed towards Skiddaw.

North West UFO Research says reports have come into the organisation’s database from Cumbria, similar to the sighting made at Silloth.

Pat Regan, of the group, said: “This latest Cumbrian sighting has brought another to my mind but not from the Cumbrian region.

“A couple spotted something extremely similar to this one on the evening of January 7 2009 in Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

“The startling movements of the UFO described by witnesses seem especially comparable to these from the Silloth sighting.”

The Solway coast is no stranger to UFO and extra-terrestrial sightings.

Its most famous was the mysterious Solway Spaceman, which appeared in a photograph taken by Carlisle man Jim Templeton. It showed the “spaceman” behind his daughter and was taken on Burgh Marsh, near Carlisle, in 1964. No-one has yet come up with an explanation for it.

Ufologists across the region have reported what they say is an unprecedented rise in the number of unexplained events in the sky over the past couple of months.

Strange shapes and lights have been reported in several areas, including near to sensitive military sites and nuclear power stations.

Whitehaven-based UFO investigator Sharon Larkin, 37, said she was aware of a recent increase in activity and claims Cumbria, especially the Lake District, is becoming a UFO hotspot.

Cumbria police said the Silloth sighting had not been reported to them.

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