UFO? Strange light appears to circle Somerset hill

Residents think it may actually be the light from a drone

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This is the bizarre moment a strange light circling above a hill was caught on camera at a UFO hotspot.

The video shows a streak of light circling over Cley Hill near Frome in Corsley, Somerset.

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Located at the edge of the Longleat Estate in Warminster, Cley Hill has long been thought of as a hot spot for UFOs, Somerset Live reports.

The resident who took this video believes this streak of light could be one such UFO – although he is a little sceptical.

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He said: "I took this video from my house in Frome last night. It was over the Cley Hill area I think, which is always a hotspot for UFOs.

"Probably a drone with a fancy flame effect tail or something. It's been spotted a few times locally."

For more than 40 years, this lofty hilltop has been a meeting place for UFO spotters, all drawn by talk of lights, flying objects and what have been described as 'other unidentifiable oddities'.

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Some residents believe the light was a drone

Nigel Vile, a local rambler, regularly goes on walks around the area.

Speaking of the hill, he said: "Some experts have gone as far as to describe the nearby town of Warminster as Britain's UFO capital on account of a phenomena first encountered in the mid-1960s that became known as the 'Warminster Thing'.

"Strange noises were heard in the skies above the town, and an equally strange shimmering light was observed in the vicinity."

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Warminster and Cley Hill

It's not just in Warminster that these UFOs are spotted, however. There are many towns around Frome that have similar experiences.

Nigel said: "More recently, a report in the local press recorded the experiences of a number of people who witnessed a UFO in the skies in June 2001.

"A slow-moving bright light was spotted at Semington which was buzzed by an aircraft. Later, a number of people in Trowbridge saw an object comprised of three lights in a triangular formation heading west towards Warminster."

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Some residents believe the light was a drone

He added: "As one critic noted, however, considering the proximity of the military training area on Salisbury Plain, was it not more likely that the UFOs people have been seeing during the past 50 years or so are more attributable to military activity rather than visits by alien life forms?"

Cley Hill can be found just off the A36 heading towards Longleat.

It is more than 800ft in height and is surrounded by relatively flat agricultural land.

At the top of the hill are the remains of a Bronze Age hillfort that encloses two round barrows.

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