Radio enthusiasts claim a Cambridgeshire village may have â€œits very own Bermuda Triangleâ€ after cars mysteriously refused to open for their owners.
Drivers parking around Waterbeachâ€™s Green experienced problems locking their cars remotely and some said their cars would not start.
The â€œproblemâ€ was noticed when a group of radio amateurs met in the village pub last week and found themselves locked out of their vehicles.
Wojciech Piotrowski, a scientist from Willingham, told the News: â€œIt was really weird but being the radio hams that we are, we sort of knew it was an interference of some kind.
â€œIâ€™m sure it would be worrying for other people. Suddenly being locked out of their cars could be scary I guess.
â€œOne guyâ€™s car is a push button and he couldnâ€™t get his started either â€“ he had to go home with someone else to get the manual to override it.â€
Everyone affected that evening managed to get into their cars eventually using their keys.
The following day the group returned and used sophisticated equipment, including a spectrum analyser, and direction-finding techniques, to determine the problem.
Mr Piotrowski said: â€œA strong electrical interference source was radiating radio signals in one of the ultra high frequency bands at the southern end of the Green.
â€œThe primary user of this band is the military. However, by Sunday, the problem seemed to have gone.â€
He said it could have affected other wireless devices such as thermostats, remote light dimmers and switches and energy meters. He added sometimes this high-level frequency can be caused by a faulty electrical component, so residents should check devices for faults.
The group reported its findings to the communications watchdog, Ofcom, and an engineer was set to begin investigating the problem today.
An Army spokeswoman said she had contacted the nearby Waterbeach barracks and told the News: â€œThey are not aware of anything happening at Waterbeach that would have caused anything remotely like that.â€.
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