Glastonbury 'UFO calls hotspot'
Published 20/12/2011 | 13:22
It is not only the celebrities that visit Glastonbury who have been described as out of this world as it emerged the town is believed to be a UFO hotspot.
Official figures show that in the last five years 27 calls were made to police detailing alien events in Somerset, including sightings near Glastonbury and Street.
Avon and Somerset Police released the figures to the Central Somerset Gazette following a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
The calls include general sightings of UFOs, aliens and "alien possession", while one caller reported a UFO in their front room which had inspired their dog to draw pictures on the window.
Others claimed there were saints looking in through their windows, or wanted to pass messages on from our intergalactic neighbours, including that the world needs to stop using nuclear weapons on humans.
In February 2007 one caller rang police to say aliens had taken over their body. This was followed up in July when another caller believed they saw an alien across the road.
In 2008 two callers reported being taken over by aliens and a possible alien assault. In the same year a UFO was seen circling the Tor and the the town.
Avon and Somerset Police said their communications department deals with around 180,000 emergency calls and 375,000 non-emergency calls. They also suggested some of these calls were likely to be a hoax but added they do highlight the work their call handlers are faced with.
Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands told the paper: "Our call-handlers never know what the next call will involve and are trained to deal with a wide variety of incidents in a calm and professional manner. Sadly, there are a number of people who think it is amusing to ring the emergency services and make a hoax call.
"We are also very aware that some of the calls that may seem bizarre mask an underlying need from the caller. Our staff are trained to deal with this sensitively and to provide any necessary support."