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)
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)
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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.’