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Tuesday, 14 November 2000

New hunt for giant cat

A Black panther-like creature has been spotted roaming farmland north of Dorchester by two people.

The mysterious animal was first sighted by Pauline Perks outside her kitchen window and then again by her husband Jeffrey.

Source: Dorset Echo 14th Nov 2000

Saturday, 11 November 2000

The mystery of Martha Brown

She was the last woman to be publicly hanged in Dorset, as witnessed by Thomas Hardy - but little was known about her, until now...

"I Remember what a fine figure she showed against the sky as she hung in the misty rain and how the tight, black, silk gown set off her shape as she wheeled half round and back."

Thomas Hardy was 86 when he wrote those haunting words recalling the public hanging of Martha Brown that he had witnessed in Dorset when a boy of 16. For 70 years could not exorcise the memory of her execution from his mind.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 11th Nov 2000

Friday, 10 November 2000

Police swoop on cove in search for giant cat

A sighting of a large cat sparked a police alert on Portland.

Officers swooped on Church Ope Cove late yesterday morning after a call from a worried member of the public.

The caller told police he had seen a black cat "about the size of an Alsatian" near a cliff as he walked towards the cove.

Source: Dorset Echo Friday 10th Nov 2000

Saturday, 5 February 2000

UFOs over Maiden Castle

An ancient castle sited in a Dorset town is a magnet for spacecraft from another planet. That is the finding of a Dorchester-based UFO investigator who recorded 130 other reports of strange activity in the county's skies last year - 32 of, which remain unexplained. But it is Maiden Castle, which seems to come in for most attention with a catalogue of reports of unexplained sightings over the years. A large earthwork construction of banks and ditches in an area that has also experienced crop circles. Dorset UFO investigator David Kingston of Martinstown said: "The castle seems to attract these craft. I have checked back into the history of the castle and uncovered many strange reports. Many people have also described seeing colored lights and with no explanation. The size of some of these craft is about 80 feet in diameter." David thinks the craft could be sent from other planets to check out earth on unmanned probes. He said: "That is what ours do with Mars and so this could happen with other planets. In the future we should be able to find out." David, aged 61, is a retired RAF worker and is now a full-time UFO investigator. He said: "There are definitely craft which cannot be explained and are from another planet. Having been in the RAF I know the distances aircraft should fly over populated areas. These are different. "We had sightings about two years ago of a triangular craft 100 foot above the Puddletown bypass. We also have video footage of craft seen over the Ridgeway and NASA has analyzed it.

Source: Western Gazette, 5th February 2000.
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