The truth is out there ... more UFO encounters over St Helens

A stargazer claims he may have spotted a UFO flying over Sutton Leach - and has got photo evidence to prove it!

X-Files fan Lee Caldwell says he spotted a 'weird red light' flying low over the Leach Lane area on the evening of Friday, February 6.

He said: "I'm into space and physics and tried to dispute what I was seeing, but I couldn't. People might think it was a Chinese lantern, but it wasn't - it was moving far too fast and seemed to change shape.

"It definitely wasn't a plane either. It had this red glow and, although this sounds strange, looked like it had antlers. I'm still at a loss to explain what it was."

Lee's close encounter isn't the first time strange objects have been spotted hovering over the borough's skies.

In January Michale Simpson, 31, reported a flying shape moving quickly over the East Lancs in Carr Mill at around 4.30am. His description of 'bowler hat' shape was backed up by several readers who contacted the Reporter after learning about Michael's experience.

And in October, two pals spotted four, orange disc-like objects hovering above the New Street area of Sutton as they were leaving Sutton Cricket Club. They describe the objects as moving slowly and silently through the night sky and heading in the direction of Parr.

One of the men, who has asked not to be named, said: "It was definitely not a weather balloon or anything like that, it was unlike anything I have ever seen before. The four discs were bright, but not like a shining light, like a reflective surface."

The incident is similar several months earlier when several residents in the Wymbrel Avenue area of Newton-le-Willows spotted a strange object in the night sky.

Stuart Welsby had been returning from a shopping trip with wife Emma and their young son when he spotted a 'glowing orange blob' floating across the Newton skyline. Amazingly, he spotted the same strange glowing light at around the same time the following night.

Mr Welsby, a 31-year-old mobile paint sprayer, said at the time: "We just saw this thing in the sky and both said 'what an earth is that'.

"It was right above us but was moving at the normal speed of an airplane but it had no aviation lights and when I turned my engine off there was absolutely no noise coming from it.

* What do you think of Lee's encounter or have you seen something strange over St Helens skies. Let us know either by commenting below or email or call our newsdesk on 01744 611011.