Friday 20 July 2018

It's close encounters of the Toblerone kind

Jamie Grierson in London

Flying Toblerones, mysterious illnesses and silky-white substances are among hundreds of close encounters described in previously top-secret files released by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) yesterday.

More than 6,000 pages of material spanning from 1994 to 2000 holds hundreds of other-worldly experiences with unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and apparent aliens across Britain.

Aircraft of all shapes and sizes have been witnessed flying over a wide range of locations including Chelsea Football Club and the Kent home of former home secretary Michael Howard.

One man told police he was physically sick and developed a "skin condition" after an eerie "tube of light" enveloped his car in Ebbw Vale, in Wales, at 10.40pm on January 27 1997. The man, who worked at a funeral director, was sent to the doctor after his alleged brush with the unknown. This is just one of hundreds of bizarre reports received by the police, military and government, suggesting that the truth might be out there after all.

This fifth instalment released under a three-year project between the MoD and the National Archives consists of 24 files of sightings, letters and parliamentary questions.

The records feature papers relating to the famous "Rendlesham Forest" sightings, often dubbed as "Britain's Roswell" Other highlights include:

  • A man arrived at his Birmingham home at 4am on March 20 1997 to discover an illuminated blue triangle hovering over his garden.
  • A West Lothian electrician spotted a "Toblerone-shaped" UFO hovering over a field.
  • A letter from a senior MoD official in which he describes seeing a film of UFOs captured by the RAF.

Irish Independent

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News