The story about the farmer opening fire over the heads of crop circle researchers and visitors has hit the national newspapers today. As I said yesterday on this blog, this case will be fully exploited by the authorities and the National Farmers Union in UK to put an end to the public access into these fields. A new phase in this complex mystery is unfolding:
One of todays articles in UK:
By Colin at 8.0 am US eastern time 16th July 2009.
Man arrested for shooting over heads of crop circle fans
A man was arrested after allegedly firing a shotgun over the heads of crop circle spotters in Wiltshire.
Published: 12:35PM BST 15 Jul 2009
The incident occurred after a crop circle appeared overnight in fields adjacent to a nearby farm in Devizes, causing hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage.
The 300ft crop circle, thought to be of an ancient bird, is one of a record number to appear in British fields this summer and follows similar bird-themed patterns across the region.
A man had apparently armed himself with a loaded shotgun and set up camp in a camouflage tent in the middle of the design.
As crop circle enthusiasts arrived in the field shots were fired, sending them fleeing the scene in panic.
A member of the Norwegian visiting party, which was on a tour of Britain's crop circles, called police.
Eye witness Eva-Marie Brekkesbo, 47, one of the Norwegian crop circle party, said: "We were making our way into the field when we heard a gun shot, followed by another and finally a voice shouting: 'Get out the field! This is private property.'
"The gunman was dressed in full camouflage garments and held a gun in his hands.
"I have been visiting crop circles for a decade and have in various ways been told that we are not welcome, but this is the first time I have been threatened with a gun.
"They have no legal right to threaten people. It was totally unnecessary and incredibly scary."
Crop circle expert Steve Alexander, who spotted the pattern last week when flying over the farm, said: "I have never encountered anything like this before."
Spokesman for the National Farmers Union, Ian Johnson, said: "There is no doubting crop circles cause aggravation and incredible cost to farmers.
"We know crop circles are man-made and they cause huge problems for farmers because these crops are grown to earn the farmer income.
"As farmers we do not want to prevent people accessing the countryside, but this is vandalism."
Wiltshire police confirmed an arrest had been made.
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