ONE man is claiming to have captured an image of a UFO over the borough coast.
IT manager Paul Robson, from Newcastle, was visiting Tynemouth when he apparently caught an unidentified flying object near an Emirates aeroplane on his own digital camera.
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The photograph, which shows a 'flying saucer' shaped object on the right hand side, was taken at Tynemouth Long Sands at around 1pm on Saturday, June 28.
Mr Robson told the News Guardian: "It was taken on my four meg digital camera.
"I was there with my wife and kids – just near the church of St George's on the seafront.
"I was testing my camera's battery and took a shot of the Emirates flight from Dubai into Newcastle.
"Looking at the photos the following day I noticed a shadow north east of the plane – and when I zoomed it looked like a flying saucer shape."
Mr Robson said that the photo has not been doctored and he can't recall seeing the object when he took the photograph.
"Needless to say, I've taken a bit of stick at work for this," he added.
A local freelance photographer from North Tyneside, John Millard, said he was sceptical, and believed the unidentified object could have been a fault with the camera or, most likely, a speck of dirt in the lens.
"I think he needs his lens cleaned," he said.