A suspected UFO sighting over a Staffordshire beauty spot 24 years ago was discussed at Government level, it has been revealed.
Newly-declassified documents, just released, show that lights in the sky were spotted above Cannock Chase on May 16, 1988, by “perfectly sane” witnesses.
The alleged incident was raised with defence chiefs after it was reported to Bill Cash, Conservative MP for Stafford at the time.
The sighting, witnessed by a number of people, is revealed in Ministry of Defence papers released today.
In a letter sent to Mr Cash, a resident, whose name was concealed in the documents, wrote: “I saw this object for a good four minutes from start to finish. Sitting by my lounge window, I observed two bright lights at approximately 9.40pm approaching from the Acton Trussell/Penkridge direction.
“At first my thoughts were of a low-flying plane (very low) with lights on the wings.
“The lights were at first horizontal… but after about one minute they steadily moved in an arc from horizontal to vertical and then climbed up vertically.”
The author included a sketch in the letter and went on to describe seeing two triangle-shaped objects making a faint sound and climbing vertically into the sky.