Britain’s X-Files reveals secret UFO hotbed – in Skegness
Declassified reports making up 15 files uncovered the shocking revelations, boosting claims aliens once visited Britain.
The most prominent case came on October 5 1996, when several witnesses reported seeing rotating flashing lights above The Wash, Skegness, in Lincolnshire.
Despite panic among locals, the RAF was “overruled at the highest level” and told to ignore the potential threat.
Police statements from the time reveal witnesses reported seeing bright flashing red, blue and white lights hovering stationary in the sky.
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The lack of response from British officials prompted strong criticism of the then Defence Secretary Michael Portillo, which described the military’s lack of reaction as an “absolute shambles”.
A letter from an unnamed government official on House of Commons headed paper read: “I am very concerned about an incident that occurred off the Anglian Coast recently, involving a visual unidentified flying craft sighting which was correlated by various different military radar systems.”
The letter adds that it was “incredible” that “no aircraft were scrambled when an uncorrelated target was picked up so close to the coast”.
The incident happened over The Wash, Skegness
The unnamed writer then asks why RAF Coningsby, which was stationed just a few miles away, were “overruled at the highest level” and why police recordings of the incident “disappeared into the bowels of your ministry’s main building” in a revelation which is bound to excite alien conspiracy theorists.
The document then reads: “The RAF is supposed to, or so I believed, to be keeping a watchful eye on activity in the UK, but seem to have no idea what is going on.
“Do they have standard procedure for these incidents? They had enough time to think about it, because the object was on our radar for upwards of seven hours!
“While I am interested in finding out what was seen, my primary concern stems from the absolute shambles that such events seem to cause.”
The documents state that following an official probe, experts concluded that it was an natural phenomenon, stemming from a “celestial source”.
The closed case reads: The prolonged sighting of stationary coloured flashing lights reported by the Skegness police on 5 October 1996 had no significance for the integrity of UK airspace and no associated air vehicle…