A police helicopter got caught up in the delivery of a romantic apology when the pilot spotted the giant writing”Sue x” mysteriously written in a field.
The British police helicopter was flying over the Oxfordshire countryside when the pilot spotted some giant lettering in a field.
Not knowing the reason behind the message, the Benson National Police Air Service (NPAS) tweeted a picture, commenting: “Does anyone know Sue just south of Tetsworth, the other side of the M40?! WhoIsSue?”
Over 600 retweets, and a lot of amused speculation later, and they had the answer: Sue was the wife of the farmer who owned the field.
Farmer Murray Graham had written the lettering into his field with crop-spray, as a romantic apology to his wife for being too grumpy.
He had used GPS-guided crop-spraying on his tractor to etch out the message.
Expecting the message to remain hidden from his wife, Graham had been waiting for the writing to appear in the field and then to get his son, a pilot, to take a picture.
But the police helicopter beat them to it.
“I had some leftover chemical and I thought I’d give it a go and see if I could put a smile on her face,” he said.
Graham told BBC Radio Oxford
he wanted to prove “I’m not quite as grumpy and old as perhaps I make out occasionally.”
“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,” he said.
His son George Graham said that his father had been “in the doghouse” with his wife because he hadn’t been pulling his weight.
“I don’t know if what he’s done is sufficient appeasement for Mum, but it certainly caused a stir on social media,” he told the BBC.
One Twitter user even posted a satellite photograph that showed the message etched into the field on Oct. 27.
Before Sue’s identity was revealed, social media users had fun speculating, with some correctly guessing that it was a romantic gesture from farmer to his wife.