Unexplained triangular lights seen in Staffordshire have featured in a raft of UFO documents released to the public today by The National Archives.
The 25 files, which contain more than 6,700 pages, include details of strange lights and unidentified objects seen by a number of local residents in 1988.
A photograph of a possible UFO released by The National Archives
The incidents were reported to local MP William Cash, who passed on the information to the House of Commons.
This is the ninth collection of UFO files to arrive at The National Archives in Kew. Released today, the files include realms of information about potential UFO sightings, many of which were reported by credible observers such as military pilots, air traffic controllers and police officers.
The files also include a lengthy briefing on UFO policy to Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office at the time the Government had just begun the implementation of the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act, as well as behind-the-scenes information about the MoD’s decision to open the UFO files following an FoI campaign by Dr David Clarke of Sheffield Hallam University.
And according to a UFO desk officer, whose thoughts are included in the files, aliens could be visiting Earth as tourists.
The officer, whose role is described as the closest thing to a ‘UFO expert’, details possible explanations for UFO ‘sightings’, including mass hallucinations, hoaxes, military reconnaissance and tourism.
“So they would be coming here as we would go to another country or a national park, they are coming across the universe to visit us,” said Dr Clarke, explaining the officer’s comments.