IS this amazing picture of an Unidentified Flying Object over Great Bowden proof that we are not alone in the universe?

The photo, taken from the footbridge over the railway line at Great Bowden, appears to show a saucer-shaped object flying above the trees.

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It was taken with a digital camera last summer by a railway enthusiast, who only noticed the object while downloading the picture to his computer.

The mystery photographer was initially reluctant to send the picture to The Mail but was recently persuaded to by a friend, who allowed us to reproduce the photograph on the agreement that both would remain anonymous.

The photographer's friend said: "I think you can see from the picture this does not look like a bird. However, I wouldn't like to venture any guesses.

"I personally don't believe in extra-terrestrial flying machines but I have to admit that I am a bit baffled by this one.

"I can say this though – the original picture is genuine and hasn't been messed with.

"There is actually a series of pictures that were taken, some with birds in them, and there is a distinct difference. This object only really appears in this one."

The picture was taken at about 2pm on June 6 last year – about three weeks before office worker Rachael Berry told The Mail she had seen a shiny, metallic-looking ball moving above fields near Brampton Valley Way in daylight.

A week later a couple reported seeing a saucer-shaped object hovering and moving in circles above the town's golf club at night while Caroline Marriott told The Mail she saw a trail of red lights 'snaking' towards the window of her flat in Welland Court, Harborough.

The reports of these sightings were picked up by UFO enthusiasts across the globe via our website and have been viewed by thousands of people.

In March 2007 more than a dozen people contacted The Mail after witnessing strange lights in the night sky above Harborough, but the puzzle was solved after it emerged they were Chinese lanterns released at a party.

Check out the rest of our UFO section for more on the history of sightings in Harborough.

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