ET phone Houghton: Sunderland UFO report revealed

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IS it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s flying saucers hovering over Wearside.

In the latest release of UFO data from the Ministry of Defence, it has been revealed that a pair of unknown objects were seen travelling over Houghton towards Sunderland.

The alleged sighting, which took place on August 14, 2007, were reported by a member of the public who was photographing stars in their garden.

In the letter describing the objects the person says the two unknown bodies had no engine noise and were both giving off light.

It also said how they emulated each others movements, as though they were attached, even though they were at least half a mile apart.

But they end the letter by saying if they did not think any “sane creature” would travel across the universe just to visit a place like Houghton.

Other reports in the list include a police officer seeing a UFO at Chelsea Football Club and a hotel owner in Wales who claimed to have seen two tall silver-suited creatures.

The new release, which includes almost 7,000 pages of extraterrestrial reports from across the country, also revealed that there is a role in government called a UFO Desk Officer.

Dr David Clarke, author of the book ‘The UFO files’, said: “These records allow us to look behind the scenes of what must have been one of the strangest jobs in Whitehall.

“We now have a fascinating insight into some of the extraordinary reports and briefings which passed over the UFO Desk on a daily basis and how its officers used logic and science in their attempts to explain ‘the unexplained’.

“These files also detail the background to the MoD’s decision to release these files to the public in the first place, something I had been campaigning for over several years under the Freedom of Information Act.

“Now they have been released at The National Archives they will provide future generations with a fascinating snapshot of an unexplored aspect of contemporary social history.”

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