From the early 1950s until 2009, a department in the MoD documented and investigated reports of UFOs.
These documents, many of which were gathered by The Royal Air Force (RAF), had been sealed for 61 years and were released following a Freedom of Information request.
The files offer a head-spinning account of strange objects all shapes and sizes, detailed in over 620 sightings across the UK between 1959 and 2009.
Full report here:
January 2, 20:58: Immingham - A large UFO, with all different coloured lights around it. Was stationary for some time, then started moving making small erratic movements.
January 2, 23:35: Scunthorpe - An object that is continually changing colour. Normal star shape.
June 2, 02:20: Scunthorpe - A big red dome with a bright red light. There were then white lights. It moved in a straight line.
July 25, 19:30: Humber Bridge - A silver, cigar shaped object. It had sharp pointed wings, with a red light on one side, and one green light on the other. It hovered at first and then moved off quickly.
October 7, 21:45: Humber - Two objects, but not seen together. There was a bright light at random intervals. The light was bigger than the stars. The objects zig-zagged across the sky on a continual flight path.
Footage of an apparent UFO in the sky over Freeman Street
October 10, 19:30: Humber - One diamond-shaped object seen, with a bright light in the centre of the undercarriage. The object travelled from west to east in a straight line.
October 14, 01:05: Scunthorpe - A fire ball. It was approximately 35 degrees from horizontal. It made a steady downwards movement.
October 18, 19:20: Grimsby - Three triangular shaped objects, which were amber in colour. They were travelling quite fast. They were overtaking each other.
October 29, 21:00: Covenham Reservoir - Two very large craft. Yellow/golden in colour. There was a hovercraft type noise. 30 lights per craft and they were arranged in horizontal and vertical patterns.
August 1, 23:41: Cleethorpes - Lights were seen in the sky that looked suspicious.
August 13, 12:15: Louth - Described as a yellow/white ‘glow’, with flashing lights. Was moving very fast.
August 15, 02:30: Coningsby - Bright green light, three large green windows, 8ft apart, oval in shape and was a quarter-of-a-mile long.
September 8, 20:35: Barnetby - Large, round circular object with orange lights on the outside which changed colour. Centre had green lights which changed to blue.
March 10, 20:30: Broughton/Scunthorpe - Bright star-shaped light, about the size of a hot air balloon. Object was still, then dropped in height below tree line.
July 5, 23:10: Scunthorpe - Bright white light with a red tinge. Vertical, then started moving erratically.
December 3, 13:50: Scunthorpe - A large cigar-shaped object. The object moved very fast.
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November 3, 19:21: Scunthorpe - Strange lights in the sky.
February 8, 19:45: Scunthorpe - White ball of light. Was moving from west to east. Stopped and then went up into the sky vertically.
April 16, 01:30: Grimsby - A ball-shaped object. It gave off a glow, like a hot coal ember - orange/red. It dropped through the air and then shot up and disappeared.
May 31, 01:35: Grimsby - Bright light travelling across the sky. Was very high and going faster than a jet.
March 31, 02:15: Scunthorpe - Two lights were circling around each other. They were yellow, red, green and blue in colour.
April 7, 01:50: Scawby - The witness saw a blue light, then yellow shooting stars, followed by a loud bang.
The UFO sightings haven’t stopped since 2009. These strange lights were spotted in the skies above Grimsby town centre in 2019 (Image: Simon Robinson)
March 14, 05:29: Immingham/Grimsby - Saw one strange light, that stayed there for about an hour. It dimmed, then got brighter again.
September 4, 22:00: Louth - Two orange orbs seen outside moving very slow at first, then very fast towards the North Sea.
October 16, 20:00: Mablethorpe - Witness saw a silver light and then a flash.
July 27: Scunthorpe - Oval shaped, weird light in the sky. The object moved from right to left and was moving in a westerly direction.
December 21, 17:30: Scunthorpe - A bright flashing “star” in South West sky. Too bright for a star. Like a little fireball. It repeatedly got bright and then died down. Looked big but pretty far away.