UFO files: faceless humanoids spook Welsh hotel owner
Highlights from the latest tranche of MoD 'X-Files' released by the National Archives
SPACESHIPS in the Falklands, Men in Black in Lincolnshire and a spate of UFOs that turned out to be Chinese lanterns are included in the latest tranche of Ministry of Defence 'X-Files' to be released by the National Archives. Here are the highlights...
In 1977, local MP Nicholas Edwards said he was "inundated" with UFO reports from his constituents in west Wales and asked the MoD to investigate.
Edwards received a letter from a hotel proprietor who claimed she had seen a dome-shaped object land "like the moon falling down". Two tall silver-suited "faceless humanoids" then emerged and began "making measurements". RAF police later noted that a silver protective suit used in nearby oil refineries had been on display in a shop window at Haverfordwest shortly before the sightings and blamed a practical joker.
MEN IN BLACK
In 2006, a man from Spalding, Lincolnshire who had earlier reported a UFO encounter to police was visited at night by three tall men dressed in "black suits, white shirts and black ties" who "seemed to move silently", according to a friend who witnessed the intruders while hiding in the downstairs toilet. The 'men in black' left in a black Jaguar soon afterwards. When the "petrified" witness asked their friend about the conversation with the visitors, he denied seeing any men in black and couldn't even recall reporting a UFO to the police in the first place. The witness speculates that the friend had been "silenced" by the men.
FALKLANDS WAR UFOS
A 1982 memo notes a fall in numbers of UFO sightings reported to the MoD since the beginning of the Falklands War but says: "I have received one letter claiming that large numbers of UFOs have been seen in the vicinity of the Task Force - presumably Little Green Men in ponchos."
CHINESE LANTERN UFOS
A craze for releasing Chinese lanterns into the sky at night led to a spate of UFO sightings from 2005. The MoD received four separate reports of "golden orbs" seen by people near Loughton Tube station in Essex in September 2005. In August 2007, a woman called the MoD's UFO hotline "panicking [and] saying we had to ring her back (She left three messages saying this). She was petrified and so were her friends. She had never seen anything like this before". A caller from Houghton-le-Spring, Co Durham, was more laid back. He saw similar lights but did not think they were UFOs as he didn't believe aliens would want to visit Houghton.
OH DEAR! FLYING SAUCER POLICY UNDERMINED
In 1998 copies of Top Secret minutes of the MoD's Flying Saucer Working Party of 1950-52 were opened at the Public Record Office, now the National Archives. The file was annotated by one worried official who feared it might fuel cover-up conspiracies. They wrote: "Oh dear! This makes our line 'no interest' in [flying saucers] look suspect."