British UFO reports from 2008 released

16:09 GMT, February 8, 2009
Nearly 300 reports of possible UFO incidents from 2008 showing the date, time, location and a brief description of each sighting have been published on the UK MOD's website this week.

Among the incidents reported were 30 UFOs seen in February 2008 in West Yorkshire, a triangular craft with lights on each corner hovering at aircraft-height above Slough, and a fast-moving green object seen in May above the M6 motorway in the West Midlands!

The MOD receives a large number of requests every year for information relating to UFOs, and therefore introduced a system to meet this demand, releasing the first files to the public in May 2008.

Since then further dossiers have been released relating to reports of sightings over recent years.


Further incidents in the latest report relating to 2008 include the following description from Tonbridge in Kent: "An object was flying around in circles at aeroplane level and sounded like an industrial train. There was a strange flashing on the object."

From Doncaster, South Yorkshire: "A metallic, capsule-shaped object. There was no sound. The object was moving from South East to North West, and was going quite fast and didn't slow down at any point."

And opposite the Houses of Parliament in London the following incident was reported: "There was a craft that had green, red and white lights. It was still and static in the sky. Was seen for about an hour-and-a-half."

On New Year's Eve at the end of 2008 an Essex Police Officer reported: "A bright orange/yellow light in the sky. Quite large, 1,500-2,000ft [457-609m] up. Moved very slowly in a half-circle then stopped over the water between Brightlingsea & East Mersea. Shot straight up and disappeared very fast."

And in Bristol: "A big alien craft landed on the top of the witness's house. The craft then flew off over Bristol."

Reports of UFOs are examined by the Ministry of Defence solely to establish whether UK airspace may have been compromised by hostile or unauthorised military activity.

If required, sighting reports are examined with the assistance of the Department's air defence experts. Unless there is evidence of a potential threat, no further work is undertaken to identify the nature of each sighting reported.

The Ministry of Defence has no other interest or role regarding UFO matters and does not consider questions regarding the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial life-forms.

Source: DefPRO Germany

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