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"In an age of universal deceit,
telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

--- George Orwell



Today, in England, there is news of two men being arrested for making crop circles, or, as the local English authorities call it, "causing criminal damage to an unspecified area of pasture near Marlborough in July this year."

One of these men, a 29-year-old from Wiltshire, will be familiar to those of you who read the NHNE Special Report on Crop Circles that Sherry Stultz wrote. His name is Matthew Williams and he publicly admitted that he (and an associate of his named Paul Damon), were responsible for several crop circles made during the 1998 crop circle season.

And now, two years later, he has apparently been caught.

The following two articles (a letter from Colin Andrews and a news story that appeared in The Independent) was sent out by Paul Anderson of Circles Phenomenon Research Canada:


Thanks to Sherry Stultz for alerting me to this important development.

--- David Sunfellow

NHNE Special Report on Crop Circles:

Interviews/Reports Concerning Matthew Williams:

Field Report 7:

Crop Circle Update: Part 1 & 2:


By Colin Andrews
November 4, 2000
Reported In CPR-CANADA NEWS By Paul Anderson.


I received a telephone call from a British Journalist early this morning to inform me of a newspaper article in today's "Western Daily Press" regarding the arrest of two men under suspicion of making a crop circle at West Overton (that which was allegedly made by Matthew William's for Whitley Strieber and touted on his radio program, "Dreamland").

I have spoken with Wiltshire Police who confirm that Matthew William's has been arrested with another man who also lives at the same address. Equipment and a computer have been seized by police who will apply for William's to be remanded at a court hearing set for Devizes Court on Monday 6th November. The police told me that "it is likely other cases will be pursued but at this moment he has been charged only with making the one intricate crop circle construction at West Overton" (for Whitley Strieber). According to police, they have been given photographic evidence and are looking at a great deal of other information.

I am considering flying over for the full court hearing when that date is known. Monday's hearing will be adjourned after the application for a remand is heard.

I believe that this is a significant development and one which will lead to other arrests soon. The impact upon the events in the fields will be seen next year and will probably prove the extent to which people have been involved, (i.e. - my own findings at least 80%).

I should make it clear, that these arrests came as a surprise to me this morning and I am in no way involved with the police in this matter. My job is research.

I thought you would appreciate knowing about this.

Best Wishes,
Colin Andrews


By Cahal Milmo
The Independent
4 November 2000


They have been a source of mystery and amusement to students of the bizarre for years, but yesterday crop circles attracted the attention of a new audience -- the long arm of the law.

A 29-year-old Wiltshire man last night became what is believed to be the first person in Britain to be accused of the novel crime of raiding a field and creating patterns out of flattened wheat.

Matthew Williams, of Bishops Cannings, near Devizes, was arrested after photographs allegedly showing him working with another man were sent anonymously to detectives.

He will appear before Devizes magistrates on Monday charged with causing criminal damage to an unspecified area of pasture near Marlborough in July this year.

The case threatens to blow the lid on what has long been believed to be the prime cause of crop circles -- well-equipped and highly adept hoaxers.

For years, fans of the paranormal had sought to explain the weird and wonderful patterns of interlinked circles, squares and diamonds as the work of aliens or freak weather conditions. But some crop circle creators have recently come forward to confess to their activities, carried out under cover of darkness using an array of ladders, tethered barrels and ropes to work "magic".

Police arrested Williams earlier this week after searching his home and recovering pieces of equipment allegedly used to sculpt circles. A second man was also detained but later released without charge.

News of the prosecution was welcomed by farmers in the rolling countryside of Wiltshire -- prime territory for crop circles, with dozens appearing every summer.

Tim Carson, chairman of the National Farmers Union in the county, said: "It's no different if someone comes into your garden and causes damage. You spend a lot of time and effort planting crops and then someone comes along and destroys them, it's very annoying."

Andrew Naughton, who farms near Devizes, added: "Imagine you had a green car and someone came along and sprayed pretty patterns on the roof with white paint. That's the only way I can describe it."



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