THE TRUTH really is out there, according to newly released UFO files.
The National Archives has released the Ministry of Defence’s official records of unidentified flying objects.
The records contain hundreds of sightings across the UK.
Out of this world reports
SIGHTINGS of UFOs in South Cumbria released in the Ministry of Defence’s official records from 1985 to 2007.
…On February 13, 1996, a silver-white circular object was spotted being followed perfectly by a smaller object of identical colour in Kendal…
…In 1993, an upright tube with green, red and blue flashing lights was seen travelling over Broughton moving towards Coniston…
…On March 12, 2001, three small lights protruding around a single very bright light were seen lying still over Carnforth before disappearing over the bay at high speed…
Sightings in south Cumbria include a mysterious circular object, a flashing tube of lights and an object that sped off across Morecambe Bay.
On February 13, 1996, an informant filed a report of a silver-white circular object being followed perfectly by a smaller object of identical colour in Kendal.
In 1993, an upright tube with green, red and blue flashing lights was seen travelling over Broughton moving towards Coniston.
And most recently, on March 12, 2001, three small lights protruding around a single very bright light were seen lying still over Carnforth before disappearing over the bay at tremendous speed.
UFO expert and lecturer, Tony Topping, believes that despite the extensive nature of the archives, they lack transparency.
He said: “I’d like to see actual scientific information which the government does know.
“Actual military reports of them liasing with people.
“I’m slightly cynical about the archives.
“It’s nothing I can get excited about but it’s a step in the right direction.”
But Dr David Clarke of the National Archives said: “The MoD’s position is that there is nothing to hide.
“The fact that there is a conspiracy is a general view among enthusiasts, unless what is released is what they want to hear.”
There was a huge increase in sightings around the 1950s but the MoD report state this is “in line with the beginning of unmanned flight, the advent of laser displays, space flight, weather balloons and so on.”
The archives from the Ministry of Defence span more than 8,000 pages and contain letters corresponding with both military personnel and civilians, press clippings, pictures, drawings and official reports submitted to the MoD regarding alleged sightings.
Commenting on the continuing interest in extra-terrestrial activity, Dr Clarke added: “It’s still got that question mark – people will always find it interesting.”