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His whole story is full of anomalies. On his CMTV website he states, quote:- “Next we can take the camera and night vision unit as was used on the night to the same location as the Serpent was in and set up the same shot from roughly the same location. I think I should be able to find it quite well as I had to jump over a fence several times to go back to my car to recharge batteries and swap them over into the camera to continue the 5 hours of shooting.” The hillside he supposedly shot the film from is used to graze sheep as can be seen on Google Map. They are kept in the pasture and off the road with a continuous wire fence and there is a gate into the pasture very close to the car park where Mathew claims to have parked. Why jump over the fence when a gate was at hand ? He says he went back to his car several times.
How many times is ‘several’ must be more than two; was it three or four. How long did the recharged batteries last? He says he has five hours of video but measured via the Google Map data, his camera position is some 400 metres from his parked car so he has an 800 metre ( near half a mile) trip per battery change. How long would it take to complete a change operation and get back to his camera position? Normal walking pace is around three miles per hour so allowing for the battery swap over at the car, the hill climb, re-setting up the camera and the dark conditions, even with a torch, he would need a minimum of ten minutes per trip. Several trips would eat into his filming time, three trips would lose him half an hour, possibly more, bearing in mind that on that date there was only five and a half hours of darkness.
He says the plankers had commenced work before he arrived and he says he did not see the work completed, his story is unbelievable. To get five hours of video and do the battery changes he would have had to be at the site a minimum of five and a half hours. To be unobserved the plankers would have had to work in the dark for a considerably longer period than when Mathew was present, but this cannot have happened, the period of darkness was too short.