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Creators of UFO Hoax Come Forward

Several images of an unidentified object hovering over Portsmouth did the rounds last week, sparking speculation that the city could be the landing site of an invasion of green-skinned aliens. But the explanation for the flying saucer has turned out to be not quite so dramatic. The photos were faked in a publicity stunt to draw attention to an upcoming science fiction and fantasy festival. Event organiser Joshua Hibberd, 26, North End, said: ‘We got eight or 10 people from around Portsmouth to take a picture at the same time on the same evening. ‘I e-mailed them to another organiser, Dan Cook, who is a whizz with Photoshop. ‘He added the UFO, and we had help from others to get people talking about it on social media.’ Mr Hibberd said he was bowled over by the international stir the stunt had created after The News reported the UFO sighting. He said: ‘It’s amazing how people’s imaginations have been taken by this. via Portsmouth News.

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