Expert says salvaged police drone is ‘highly speculative’ reason for UFO sighting over Liverpool Road in Widnes

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Oliver Clay, Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News

A RESPECTED ufologist has suggested that a mysterious craft sighted over Widnes could have been a salvaged police drone.

Jenny Randles was responding to a recent Liverpool Echo story that revealed a £13,000 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to Merseyside Police had crashed and was thought to be at the bottom of the Mersey.

She believes the machine could be responsible for a sighting of a ‘stealth orb’ over Liverpool Road in Widnes in May.

Art student Laurence Baker, 17, of Millington Close, had told the Weekly News that a black spherical craft with an antennae had zoomed overhead.

Laurence was confident the craft was not from outer space but probably military.

Although the police drone was officially lost in February 2010 Jenny believes someone could have recovered and repaired the wreckage then put it back into action. She said a drone is ‘basically a highly-sophisticated model helicopter and not beyond the means of someone with the skills to make it work’.

Merseyside Police has since decided not to invest further in drones.

Jenny said: “I guess it is possible that someone did find it and was able to fix it up and is secretly flying it about and as a result generating UFO scares like the one at Widnes this May.

“It is basically a highly-sophisticated model helicopter so not beyond the means of someone with the requisite skills to get working. But that is, of course, highly speculative.

“However, the only way the drone could be the cause of the Widnes sighting is if it had been missing from Merseyside Police.”