A MARLBOROUGH man has seen mysterious objects making a pattern in a wheat field near Lockeridge.
Marlborough-based artist and songwriter Mike Booth took photographs of the tramline markings he saw appearing in a field of wheat with three white metallic objects actually making them.
Mr Booth is a keen cyclist who regularly uses the lanes in the Kennet Valley, in particular the Alton Barnes road from Lockeridge.
On Tuesday last week at 6.30pm he was cycling past a field just below West Woods when he noticed three moving white metallic objects suspended above the crop, so that the tops of the wheat were bent over.
He said: "I stopped instantly to concentrate on what I was looking at, such was my surprise. The three objects or craft were like nothing I have ever seen before.
"They were of a white metallic colour, somewhat oblong in width and length and domed on the upper surface with smooth contours and no edges."
He said two of the objects were moving slowly through the wheat and down the slope of the field leaving a trail behind them.
"The size must have been about four feet across and five or six feet in length, with about two to three feet showing above the crop.
"All three objects looked as if they had some form of purpose. I sat there on my bike and considered the possibilities scientific crop research, spraying equipment, people playing around. "No, none of it. No farmer would break the wheat down where there were already tractor tracks through the crop for them to operate in."
He said he was given the feeling that the objects were aware of his presence but something stopped him trying to get closer.
"Despite the urge to do so, every time I considered walking up the field something inside me told me no," he said.
Two days later he learned that a crop formation had appeared in the same field about 100 yards away.
Despite his experience, he said, he remained sceptical about crop circles and was keeping an open mind about how they were made.
Meanwhile leading crop circle researcher and author Michael Glickman has appealed to farmers to stop destroying formations when they appear.
He said more and more farmers were mowing the formations to discourage people going into their fields and causing more damage to crops.
Mr Glickman said: "This phenomenon is bringing in hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of trade to the county every year.
"We need to find some accommodation with farmers where they agree not to cut out the formations or threaten people with shotguns but to put cash boxes there to reimburse the cost of damaged crops."
A new pattern, of three circles each with a segment untouched rather like three smiley faces, appeared at Temple Estate at Rockley on Wednesday, causing an estimated £650 damage.
Estate manager Chris Musgrave said: "It's nothing but criminal damage and farmers are having a tough enough time as it is and this is the last thing we need."
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