A COUPLE have been left baffled by an unidentified flying object spotted at a seaside resort.

John and Maureen Smith, of East Street, Colchester, said they assumed the large orange-red object in the sky was a plane light at first.

But they reconsidered when it disappeared into thin air.

The couple had been walking their two dogs on Jaywick beach at dusk on new years day when they saw the lights in the sky.

Mr Smith, 68, said: “It was very low and circular, probably about ten times the size of what you would imagine a plane light to be, and it was a very strange colour, reddish orange.

“We did not hear a noise, so we do not think it was an aircraft.”

The pair said they would be interested to hear if anyone had also spotted the light or knew what it was.