Mysterious objects seen hovering above Carshalton last week may have been identified by a Sutton Guardian reader.

Ricky Compton, from Sutton, believes lanterns lit up by him at a party in Wood End, Sutton, were the “bright-burning orange”, low-flying objects spotted by a couple in Carshalton and reported in our newspaper last week.

Mr Compton said: “We released eight mini-hot air balloons in remembrance of those who had died and who were not able to be with us.

“They were white and glowed orange after we had lit them, through the white sugarpaper. We believe these were the ‘UFOs’ sighted.”

The Carshalton couple had posted their sighting on the UK UFO Sightings blog on August 29, the same night Mr Compton released the lanterns.