October 11, 2012 - According to media reports, a BBC film crew were arrested at gunpoint for sneaking into America’s top-secret military base.
Guards armed with M16 assault rifles forced them to lie face-down for three hours while the FBI ran security checks.
The 12-man crew visited the infamous Area 51 in Nevada — where it is claimed bodies of aliens are held — to make a documentary about UFOs. The Beeb team — including comic Andrew Maxwell — ignored warnings to slip past security and film inside the fence.
Moments later military cops surrounded them and confiscated their phones, wallets and IDs. UFO expert Darren Perks, 34, said one of the cops told him: “Listen, son, we could make you disappear and your body would never be found.”
The crew — filming an episode of BBC3’s Conspiracy Road Trip — were fined £375 each and ordered not to reveal what they saw.
But Darren admitted: “We didn’t see anything except a bit of tarmac.”