Sunday, January 8, 2012

E.T. Reunited, Alien Friend Washes Up in Old Portsmouth

E.T comes home after being stolen from Portsmouth house 



BACK Margaret Wells reunited with her life size E.T which was stolen and found washed up on a beach. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113523-4)

Published on Monday 2 January 2012 08:36

MARGARET Wells has been reunited with her beloved life-size replica of E.T after crooks dumped it in the Solent.

The pensioner was heartbroken when the home-made model was stolen during a burglary at her home in Cosham.

But it was found washed up with the tide at Old Portsmouth – initially sparking a coastguard search as it was believed to be a body.

A walker dialled 999 after spotting it floating near the Hot Walls at about 10.45am last Thursday.

Police and coastguard attended the scene and quickly realised it was not a human, but an alien model.

Mrs Wells, 76, of Mansvid Avenue, said: ‘There’s only one in the whole of England and that’s mine. The police rang and said somebody has found a body in the Solent and it belongs to you – it’s E.T. I said “Oh god, I knew E.T. would come home”.’

As reported in The News, the model has been a fixture in her home for the last nine years.

It was made by her daughter Louise, who lives in London, who spent three months creating the model while doing a stage make-up course. But it was snatched last September when burglars raided Mrs Wells’ home, also making off with a haul of expensive jewellery and bizarrely, an iron.

She said: ‘He’s lost a finger and looks a bit roughed up.

‘But he had a smile on his face.’

A Coastguard spokeswoman said: ‘It rolled up on the beach and gave somebody a bit of a fright.’
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