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Police Chopper's UFO Encounter

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 09:07:54 -0400
Archived: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 09:07:54 -0400
Subject: Police Chopper's UFO Encounter

Source: The Bromley Times - Kent, UK


10 August 2007

Police Chopper's UFO Encounter
Martin Croucher

It was likely to be a night like any other for the crew of a Met
police helicopter on patrol over Bromley borough..

But suddenly they found themselves in the middle of something
resembling a science fiction film. All around them were flashing
and pulsating red lights that made whirring noises.

Their report was filed among hundreds of others in a secret
government storage facility. Now, less than four years on, their
story can be finally brought to light thanks to a freedom of
information request.

However Met police were reluctant to elaborate any further on
what was released by the Ministry of Defence.

The accounts are varied and in some cases bizarre. A massive
light, shaped like an iron that hung in the sky without moving
was spotted in Orpington in 2005.

In Grove Park, Bromley, witnesses saw a black ruler-shaped
object 'move across the moon' and disappear in 1998.

Most of the sightings are little more than just an entry in a
log that gathers dust on military shelves, but some are willing
to speak of their experiences.

The Kentish Times reported how in April this year, a couple
Stacy Shaw, 19 and her boyfriend Gavin Drummond, 22, saw
'burning balls of fire' in the sky.

They had seen them hovering over the Tollgate Hotel roundabout,
next to the A2. Astounded, they followed one light to the site
of an old BP petrol station in their car.

She said: "When it got there it just shot up into the sky really
quickly. That was the most amazing part, the way it moved so

In south east London witnesses spoke of a 'cigar-shaped' object
that looked like a disc side on, which accelerated to a speed
that would outstrip a fighter jet.

Information on UFOs has previously been exempt from freedom of
information requests because it was considered a matter of
national security.

A spokesman for the MOD said that it would only retain
information on potential threats.

Nick Pope who recently just stepped down from the government's
UFO project complained that the project had been 'virtually
closed' and lack of investigation of reports had left Britain
'wide open to attack'.

However a spokesman for the British UFO Research Association
remained sceptical.

He said: "If you work on the basis that anything considered to
be of potential significance would be retained by the Ministry
for any period of time they deemed necessary, then anything
freely released into the public domain will ultimately have been
viewed as worthless."


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