Cromer residents may have experienced a close encounter of the third kind when they spotted a UFO hovering off the coast at the weekend.

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A bright white and blue light was spotted near to the offshore wind farm at around 8.30pm on Saturday and after appearing to rise higher into the sky, its lights began to flash green and red around its base.

Andrew Cochran spotted the object and described it as “strange”.

He said: “I was walking along the sea front heading away from the pier looking out towards the wind turbine farm on the horizon when I noticed [it], then it appeared to move about them. I assumed it was a helicopter.

“The object then shot up really fast and stopped when it was very high in the sky.”

Mr Cochran was joined by a dog walker who also watched the phenomenon before returning to her home.

He added: “I watched the object as it just sat for an hour before it started to very slowly move eastwards. It was not a star, as I know my stars, so I am perplexed and curious.”

He continued to watch the object until 11pm.

● Did you see anything unusual off the north Norfolk coast during Saturday night? Please email nnnnews@archant.co.uk or call the news room on 01263 512732.

24 comments

  • The'yd probably been up on the Links picking magic mushrooms!

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    Mr. B

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Unidentified - yes. Flying - probably. Object - almost certainly. End of?

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    Richard Woods

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • How about, rather than an aircraft moving, if it was the lights being turned on on different parts of a structure associated with the wind farm-like a boat with a crane or a boat with a helideck or a mini drilling rig, which was using flood lights at one point and then navigation lights which showed different colours as it moved position and set off for the outer harbour at GY. Bet V can think of an answer.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Smart201 - when you're ready to rejoin reality just let us know.

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    Chris Booty

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I agree with austin - if this thing was visible for 2.5 hours surely someone could have been found with a camera. Don't people think that if UFO's came all the way to Earth they'd do a little bit more than hover around a windfarm near Cromer!! Still this dross fills the papers I guess. Better than seeing the same story printed twice in the same edition just to fill space.

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    SteveM

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • Another sensational headline on a non-event. "Cromer residents may have........" Two? Really Donna - Louise - a classic interview!

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    Bryan

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Just studied the picture at bottom of story and I think it looks like a very big red hot air balloon with a big black dot on it. Either that or a very big exclamation mark wondering what this story is really about!!

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    Mr T

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • "A close encounter of the third kind" Sorry to be pedantic but even the quickest piece of research would show that that is factually incorrect.

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    Jcchazez

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • 2.5 hours and no pictures? Agree but not everyone goes for a walk with a camera at the ready nor does everyone have a mobile with a camera. I heard that some woman in Great Yarmouth reported the same thing for the early hours of sunday morning. They just keep away from watching our Olympics I reckon and want to get in early for best views lol!

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    austin paxman

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Normal for Norfolk!

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    norfolkandgood

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • How do you define reality my friend ?

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    Smart201

    Friday, August 10, 2012

  • I run a UFO group in Cromer and over the last few months it has been going. Ive have spotted lots of ufos in and around the Cromer coastline, alot of these objects are not even visible to the naked eye .. And only seem to be visible under night vision ..

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    Smart201

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • "Mr Cochran was joined by a dog walker" - ask the dog what it was, they know stuff

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    Mylen1um

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • It was a seaking helicopter taking an injured wind farm worker to the N&N.

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    nrg

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Probably one of the military helicopters that regularly train over the sea in that area.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Actually I think it was a UFO, it was hovering over the Sheringham shoal wind turbines trying to figure out why they work so much better than the ONSHORE ones it had visited the previous night! It's erratic flight was due to the much windier conditions it had met at Swaffham the previous night, also it was scared when it saw the rotor blades actually turning!!! It has returned to its masters now to report that the only place for wind turbines is out at sea!!!!

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    windup

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • That says that was at night

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    solengrim

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • 2.5 hours and no pictures!

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    spcole

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • The headline sums up the dross that Archant now churn out for me: "UFO spotted off Cromer's coast". No, it was a possiblealleged UFO sighting off of Cromer. Very very poor journalism.

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    Philip Wright

    Thursday, August 9, 2012

  • Damn, does nobody spot pumas any more?

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    robotsthatcare

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Very interesting,thanks for publishing!

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    gerlennon

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

  • Mulder and Scully are on their way......

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    LittleEnoch

    Saturday, August 11, 2012

  • Smart201 I'm sure we all would be keen to see the photos, have you posted them up on the web anywhere?

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    Cyril the Canary

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • i have a picture of it. i got the photo while i was at snetterton race track yesterday.

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    Joseph Bush

    Monday, August 6, 2012

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