Carshalton UFO believed to be drone camera

A picture from Mr Surooprajally's drone - which he believes may have been mistaken for a UFO

A picture from Mr Surooprajally's drone - which he believes may have been mistaken for a UFO

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The mystery behind several reported UFO sightings over Carshalton could have been solved.

Neighbours in the area have been reporting strange sightings in the sky for several weeks.

People have spotted seeing an orange light that moves quickly and almost silently. Another witness said he saw a star-shaped object hovering with blue and orange lights underneath it.

Sutton Guardian:

The picture taken by Kelly Stevenson over Carshalton

But it turns out the odd sightings may not be extraterrestrial after a keen amateur photographer revealed that people may have just spotted a drone fitted with a camera that he has been using to take aerial shots in the area.

Last week we featured a picture taken by Carshalton woman Kelly Stevenson that showed a strange light in the sky.

The picture prompted speculation from readers, including some who suggested it could be the planet Venus.

But several others got in touch to say they had seen similar things in recent months.

Wallington man Graham Salmon said he spotted something flying over Ross Road.

He said: "It was about 100 yards above me and totally still. It was shaped like a four-pointed star with white, blue, yellow and orange lights on the underside.

"The creepy thing was there was not a single sound from it or anything around me. Absolute silence is a strange experience.

"I'll not be forgetting those few seconds for a while."

Gillian Cawthorne said  she and her husband saw an orange light appear from behind the moon on two occasions in the last week.

She said: "It was definitely not an aircraft and didn’t look like a satellite.

"Certainly something I have not seen in the sky before."

Now it seems there is an explanation for the unusual sightings. Carshalton-based photographer Ahad Surooprajally contacted the paper he had been flying his 'Quad Copter' camera drone in the area on the day of Ms Stevenson's picture.

He added: " The body of the craft is white and when it catches the light looks quite surreal."


Have you seen any unusual sights in the sky? Call 020 8722 6359 or email mike.pyle@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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5:56pm Tue 10 Jun 14

leapy says...

Is that legal?
Is that legal? leapy
  • Score: 7

5:50pm Wed 11 Jun 14

jamieonline says...

Because if I walked around Carshalton recording in public and around people's gardens I wouldnt get in trouble..
Because if I walked around Carshalton recording in public and around people's gardens I wouldnt get in trouble.. jamieonline
  • Score: 2

3:22pm Thu 12 Jun 14

James Mercury says...

I live in East London, on the '10th June, 2014' while sitting in a friends garden at 6pm, we heard helicopters close by. We thought nothing of it.
They flew overhead and quite low. There was 2, and both military.

After it circled a 3rd time overhead, I got up to have a closer observation, and did see that there was a 3rd helicopter (it didn't appear military..but also close in the same area..(if connected I don't know)

I pointed out to my friend 'look, there is quite a large helium filled balloon drifting near them too'...who did confirm seeing this orb/sphere.

I can't say if it was or wasn't 100% just a balloon. I perceived it as an orb/sphere that seemed to shine like a light (rather than have that star effect) ..alternatively the best description would be, I'd suggest it was like a glass ball or like a large water drop. Due to the clear sky, I can't say if it was the reflection on it from the sun, or from it itself that gave the bright illumination.

It did drift, but something didn't seem right. It did not seem to drift as one would expect from a helium filled balloon. It seemed bigger, and more like a sphere, rather than a circle that is thin from the side view. It seemed bigger and brighter, and did not oscillate. It moved at a faster speed, then would slow down, pick up speed, then slow down after having done only a very short distance.

I followed it visually for (realistically) 3 minutes. My phone was still on the chair I was sitting on out of view. I was deciding 'do I lose eye contact for literally 2 seconds to grab my phone..or??'...as it had not moved drastically for several minutes I took the chance. Got my phone, looked up..it was gone (and so had the helicopters as I had lost interest in them). All within 2 seconds too. Maybe it had drifted further along, but within 2 seconds? Just vanish? The time was now 6:20pm.

I observed the clear blue sky for a further 15 minutes. Nothing.
I have never seen a helium balloon (if that's what it was) just vanish like that before. Just be interesting to know the identity of this ufo.
I live in East London, on the '10th June, 2014' while sitting in a friends garden at 6pm, we heard helicopters close by. We thought nothing of it. They flew overhead and quite low. There was 2, and both military. After it circled a 3rd time overhead, I got up to have a closer observation, and did see that there was a 3rd helicopter (it didn't appear military..but also close in the same area..(if connected I don't know) I pointed out to my friend 'look, there is quite a large helium filled balloon drifting near them too'...who did confirm seeing this orb/sphere. I can't say if it was or wasn't 100% just a balloon. I perceived it as an orb/sphere that seemed to shine like a light (rather than have that star effect) ..alternatively the best description would be, I'd suggest it was like a glass ball or like a large water drop. Due to the clear sky, I can't say if it was the reflection on it from the sun, or from it itself that gave the bright illumination. It did drift, but something didn't seem right. It did not seem to drift as one would expect from a helium filled balloon. It seemed bigger, and more like a sphere, rather than a circle that is thin from the side view. It seemed bigger and brighter, and did not oscillate. It moved at a faster speed, then would slow down, pick up speed, then slow down after having done only a very short distance. I followed it visually for (realistically) 3 minutes. My phone was still on the chair I was sitting on out of view. I was deciding 'do I lose eye contact for literally 2 seconds to grab my phone..or??'...as it had not moved drastically for several minutes I took the chance. Got my phone, looked up..it was gone (and so had the helicopters as I had lost interest in them). All within 2 seconds too. Maybe it had drifted further along, but within 2 seconds? Just vanish? The time was now 6:20pm. I observed the clear blue sky for a further 15 minutes. Nothing. I have never seen a helium balloon (if that's what it was) just vanish like that before. Just be interesting to know the identity of this ufo. James Mercury
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