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09:30 - 05 August 2007
The Ministry of Defence has given a first glimpse into the area's own X-files on UFO sightings.
Details revealed under the Freedom of Information Act show that the MoD has recorded 11 UFO sightings in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire since 1999.
The most recent sighting reported by a member of the public, in Barlaston, was of a "mother ship" and two smaller orbs - one white and one orange - moving around it.
The "mother ship" was spotted again by the same person just a few days later.
Earlier last year, "very bright lights" were seen in Crewe for more than half an hour, and were reported to be "hovering quite slowly from side to side".
Some sightings have less detailed descriptions, such as "a flying object" in Stoke-on-Trent last year.
More colourful descriptions include a reported sighting in Nantwich, in August 2001, of "eight to nine smokeless flares", of which two were falling.
Every year, more than 100 UFO sightings are reported to the MoD, which are detailed in the information just published.
The MoD is required to investigate every sighting, to establish whether or not the UK's airspace has been compromised.
An MoD spokesman said: "The MoD examines reports 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, there is no attempt to identify the nature of each sighting reported."
However, correspondence between the MoD and members of the public who report sightings of strange objects reveals that Whitehall officials remain "totally open-minded" about the nature of UFOs.
Giving details of the MoD's policy on UFOs, the Director of Air Staff said in a lengthy response to a Freedom of Information request: "The Ministry of Defence does not have any expertise or role in respect of UFO/flying saucer matters, or to the question of the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial life-forms, about which it remains totally open-minded.
"To date, the MoD knows of no evidence which substantiates the existence of these alleged phenomena."
He added: "We believe that rational explanations, such as aircraft lights or natural phenomena, could be found for them if resources were diverted for this purpose, but it is not the function of the MoD to provide this kind of aerial identification service."
The release of the sightings comes as the MoD prepares to publish its UFO files dating back to 1967, although no date has been given for this.
The documents due for release are witness reports of apparent UFO sightings, many by civil pilots and military personnel.
It is thought most were simply collected and filed by a small, secret unit within defence intelligence, but a few were investigated further by the military.
UFO investigator Anthony Pace, aged 66, who runs Eccleshall Post Office, was not surprised by the MoD's evidence.
Mr Pace, who investigated 80 sightings over Stoke-on-Trent in 1967, said reports of UFOs tended to come in waves, with some years being busier than others.
He said: "They seem to come and go. We've probably been seeing the same phenomena since the early 60s.
"But I'm convinced that a small proportion of the latest sightings are a brand new phenomena that deserves scientific study.
"The MoD looks at it from the defence implications. They just record them and nothing more.
"You are dealing with machine-like devices that move around in the atmosphere and come and go as they wish. The MoD can't really admit to anything they can't do anything about.
"My explanation is we are just being visited by travellers from the stars. There are so many stars and so many galaxies out there, I would be surprised if we weren't being visited."
Elaine Philpott, chairman of Barlaston Parish Council, said she was unaware that sightings had been made last year in the village, home to pottery giant Wedgwood.
She said: "I can't think of any reason why they should be over Barlaston. Perhaps they are looking for a Wedgwood plate!"
(taken from the sentinel newspaper)
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