UFOs in Bransholme? Files reveal mysterious sightings in skies over Hull
UFOs have been spotted in the skies over Hull, according to files released by the National Archives.
Two sightings of unidentified flying objects were reported in Bransholme.
The UFO files document all reported sightings across Britain.
The files were released by the Ministry of Defence following a freedom of information campaign by Dr David Clarke.
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Dr 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 that passed over the UFO desk on a daily basis and how its officers used logic and science in their attempts to explain 'the unexplained'."
The reported sightings in Hull occurred almost 30 years ago.
A beam of light from behind a row of trees was seen spinning around the sky on September 8, 1985.
A round object was then reported to have risen from the ground.
The object was described as having a circumference the same as a house, with a ring of red lights around its base, each being about one and a half inches in diameter.
A humming noise accompanied the light show and got louder as the object continued to rise but no smell was detected by the witnesses.
The object was seen heading east across fields from the Bransholme estate, flying at a height of about 50ft.
The sighting occurred around 1am with the movement lasting about 15 minutes. Reports from the night suggest that conditions were favourable for flying with good visibility.
According to the Ministry of Defence, at the time of the sighting a military exercise involving flares was taking place in the East Yorkshire area.
A second UFO sighting was reported in Bransholme just over a year later on October 26, 1986. This time it was described as a brightly illuminated, cigar- shaped object.
Twenty people witnessed the UFO, which was reported to be bigger than the size of a passenger aircraft, moving "west over the East Park area".
Similar sightings were reported in Lincoln, Harrogate and Boston Spa.
The 25 files, which contain more than 6,700 pages, reveal for the first time the role of the UFO desk officers. The possibility of alien visits and briefings to Tony Blair on UFO policy are also included in the files.
The desk was closed in 2009.