This article was published in the daily newspaper The Daily Telegraph, London, U-K, on July 7, 1987.
PUZZLE OF MYSTERY CORN CIRCLES
In the quiet of a Hampshire field, the phenomenon of precise circles of flattened corn which has been puzzling scientists for more than a decade has appeared again.
The mysterious circle in the wheatfield at the Devil's Punchbowl, near Winchester, measures 68 feet in diameter and is bounded by another ring four feet wide, five feet from the circle's outer edge.
Over the years, the circles, which appeared in several parts of England and overseas, have been said to be caused by visits from space, freak weather conditions, druid ceremonies or electro-magnetic fields.
This circle was asserted years afterwards by Doug Bower, one of the two famous forgers of crop circles, whereas his partner Dave Chorley was already deceased. The duet had produced approximately 200 forged crop circles in the Warminster area in Wiltshire "because it was there that the larger number of UFO reports originated." Doug Bower commented at the time of a visit to this location: "it is the the extraterrestrials that suggested to us that we make these circles." Questioned on its opinion on UFOs in the Daily Mall of January 8, 1999, he explained: "I have to believe in UFOs, because I saw one of them."