We are not alone in the North if the Ministry of Defence’s records of UFO sightings in the last decade or so is to be believed.
Scores of worried people have filed reports after fearing strange lights in the sky were evidence of little green men – with one person even claiming they’d seen an alien in their home.
Twenty six reports have been made of extra-terrestrial encounters since the year 2000, with fast moving, flashing lights the most common complaint.
These include someone in Carlisle who said “a UFO was seen and there was an alien in the witness’s house,” and in August 2004 at Greenside, near Ryton, Gateshead a report that cryptically says that the report is “only alien sightings above the house.”
Other “sightings” include “a three dimensional diamond shaped object, approx. size of a large helicopter,” at Wolsingham, Northumberland in 2005, and someone that called 999 after seeing an “orange ball shape going across the sky on a flight path” in November 2009.
In May 2003 someone reported a “black orb with five or six tassles underneath it” in Gateshead.
While someone else in Hetton-le-Hole was disturbed by “many lights seen up in the sky” in August 2006.
Some people were sure they had seen a UFO. One person reported “a black triangular UFO” that had three lights on Halloween in 2006.
Somebody else was concerned by “two bright orangey/red lights moving towards Durham Tees Valley Airport.” These lights “flew steady, level and straight”.
One of the more detailed accounts says “a silver pyramid that was rotating at a low speed and off centre” hovered over Sunderland in 2006.
Across the UK there were 1999 UFO sightings looked into by the Ministry of Defence between 2000 and November 2009, when the MoD stopped counting.
Nine people specifically mention aliens or something alien about their UFO sighting.
Elsewhere in the UK someone in Bristol reported that “a big alien craft” landed on their house in 2008. It then apparently flew off towards the city.
In April 2005 someone in Basildon said they saw a spaceship with grey aliens sitting on top of it above a bungalow.
Elsewhere in the North in 2001 brightly lit cone shaped objects were seen hovering and speeding along above Berwick, while in Darlington there were reports of “large number of lights flashing and moving around.”
A witness said: “There was white light – like a broad band and then tight! They made a circular sweep.”
While in Hartlepool in February 2009, someone reported that they “saw four spaceships that flew over the house into the sky.”
“They had a bright light that faded and was then gone,” he said. “They returned to the same spot they had come from.”
And even Middlesbrough has got in on the act, when in September 2008, a “large, silent craft” was said to have “had bright green lights and a blue light that was moving quickly through the trees.”
Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 11 Oct 2014