Nick Pope: New Files Show MoD's Struggle With Ufos
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UFO investigator: new files show how Ministry of Defence struggled to deal with issue
Former Ministry of Defence UFO investigator Nick Pope discusses the latest batch of files to be released by the National Archives.
The latest files released contain sightings of mysterious lights over the Glastonbury Festival, a "flying saucer" outside Retford town hall and the bizarre story of "Mork and Mindy's" visit to East Dulwich.
The files also contain first-hand testimony of retired RAF fighter controller Freddie Wimbledon and retired MoD official Ralph Noyes, on the famous 1956 UFO incident at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.
Mr Wimbledon remembers the RAF scrambling fighter planes to intercept a UFO seen on radar and by observers on the ground. The UFO reportedly latched onto to a fighter plane, "following its every move" before speeding off at "terrific speed".
Staff involved were sworn to secrecy, while Mr Noyes recalls being shown gun camera footage of the UFOs taken from aboard the aircraft at a special MoD screening in 1970.
One of the more bizarre tales from the files is the 2003 sighting of "worm-shaped" UFOs "wriggling around in the sky" over East Dulwich in London.
UFOs: aliens visited East Dulwich
A mother and daughter reported it to the police but according to testimony she later gave to the MoD's UFO desk, the two police constables who attended the scene were joined by two men dressed in "space suits and dark glasses who called themselves Mork and Mindy".
The woman complained of being made "to look foolish". In a letter dated January 21 2003, the woman says "your men have fed us with a lot of rubbish, presumably to make us look foolish and our story unbelievable, which they have succeeded in doing".
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