People driving between Alnwick and Alnmouth are being treated to the unusual sight of four vast crop circles which have appeared in middle of a wheat field off the A1068.
The spectacle has been causing people to pull over and make special trips out to the remote location just so they can study the markings, which have appeared in the past two weeks close to Alndyke Farm.
One villager said: “It was Sunday when I drove past and first saw them.
“Approaching the field they’re visible from quite some distance from the road and there’s been lots of people pulling over to go and see them.
“It’s caused a stir among people living in the area, it’s not something you see every day in places like Northumberland. It is normally places like Wiltshire where you hear about sightings of crop circles, not here.
“RAF Boulmer is just nearby and I’ve heard the helicopters overhead so assume they’re aware of them.
“The largest circle must be more than eight metres wide. Even if it’s just the work of people after the pubs have shut, it’s still pretty impressive to see.”
Since the 1970s increased sightings of crop circles have been reported in numerous countries across the world.
UFO enthusiasts have feverishly speculated that they are caused by aliens trying to communicate with us, though sceptics say they are man-made.
Les Corney, of the group North East Paranormal Investigations, said: “There are those circles which have been proved to be a hoax in other countries. People have admitted to using a standard plank of wood with rope attached at either end. As they walk around on themselves it can create the perfect symmetry.
“However, there are also those that just can’t be explained away and you think there is no way a person has done that. Crop circles often follow people seeing light anomalies in the sky and seem to appear as if overnight.”
While Northumberland’s wheat field pattern is definitely proving a talking point for some, it has been branded the work of vandals by owners of the land, the Duke of Northumberland’s Estates.
A spokesman for the estates said: “Somebody has gone in and tried to make a crop circle on August 19. They have destroyed part of the wheat crop and upset the wildlife. This sort of thing has a serious side effect, it is mild vandalism.”
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