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Saturday 21 July 2018

#WhoIsSue? Mystery of giant field message solved

The mystery of a field message sporting the words Sue x in Oxfordshire has now been solved after a social media campaign went viral - and it's not as outlandish as you may think. NPAS Benson
The mystery of a field message sporting the words Sue x in Oxfordshire has now been solved after a social media campaign went viral - and it's not as outlandish as you may think. NPAS Benson

Joseph Gamp

The creator of a mysterious message which sparked widespread bemusement when it was spotted in an Oxfordshire field has been revealed.

Social media was flooded with speculation after a police helicopter spotted the letters "SUE x" etched in huge letters on a field in Tetsworth, near Thame, earlier this week.

"Does anyone know Sue just south of Tetsworth, the other side of the M40?! #WhoIsSue £p1526," the National Police Air Service wrote alongside the image which they posted on social media.

Conspiracy theories soon began to emerge, including suggestions it was even an iPhone X advertising campaign - or an alien invasion.

But the reality was much more mundane than beings from outer space or outlandish marketing campaigns.

The handiwork belongs to farmer Murray Graham, who wrote the message out in huge letters as a way of “apologising to his wife” Sue for “being grumpy”.

He told the BBC that he used a GPS-operated tractor to spray the crops in the shape of her name.

Murray’s son George, a pilot, was meant to take a photo and show it to his mother as an apology from Murray, but the police helicopter captured the images first.

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"I'm not quite as grumpy and old as perhaps I make out occasionally," he said.

"As ever, everything has its ups and downs, so I thought I'd try and make a gesture at some point, and that was the one I chose."


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