There are a number of sites throughout the world that Google Maps and Google Earth are requested to censor by the local government.  These are usually defence or other military sites that are sensitive to prying eyes. Google responds by either pixellating the “offending” area or blanking it out altogether.

Imagine my surprise to see a field to the North West of Hesketh Bank with several areas painted out – surely there is no secret activity in the marshlands! Google hasn’t bothered to cover up the obvious muddy tracks of lots of heavy machinery to these “blanks”, so there is something going on. Who has asked Google to camouflage this activity?

Check out this address in Google maps and/or Google earth – zoom in to try to verify what is going on……….,-2.8750489,953m/data=!3m1!1e3

By John Williams, 16th December 2015


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