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UFO Sightings Bring UK Town To A Standstill

From: Sergey Shpakovsky <sergejsh.nul> <sergejsh@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 12:59:16 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 16:37:47 -0400
Subject: UFO Sightings Bring UK Town To A Standstill


Source: The Daily Mail - London, UK

http://tinyurl.com/278qjs

July 25, 2007

UFO Sightings Bring Town To A Standstill


A crowd of 100 stunned stargazers brought a town centre to a
standstill when five mysterious UFOs were spotted hovering in
the sky.

Drinkers spilled out of pubs, motorists stopped to gawp and
camera phones were aimed upwards as the five orbs, in a seeming
formation, hovered above Stratford-Upon-Avon for half an hour.

The unidentified flying objects lit up the otherwise clear night
sky above Shakespeare's birthplace in Warwickshire on Saturday
(July 21).

UFO footage - on website

Google map - http://tinyurl.com/22tokd

Although Air Traffic Control reported no unusual activity, some
witnesses were convinced they were witnessing an
extra-terrestrial spectacle.

The strange episode started just after 10.30pm, when the lights
were seen hovering slowly over the town before three of them
formed a triangular shape with one positioned just to the right.

A few minutes later a fifth came into view travelling towards
the others at breakneck speed before slowing down and stopping a
short distance away.

Sceptics dismissed the UFOs as nothing more than hot air
balloons, fireworks or even lanterns which had broken loose from
a local rugby club.

Others, however, claimed the speed and agility of the objects
was unlike any known aircraft and said the odd movement, lack of
noise and the length of time in the air discounted any man-made
explanation.

Tom Hawkes, who captured these amazing images, spotted the
lights during his girlfriend Kate Lyall's birthday at the One
Elm pub.

He and the 15 other revellers were in the bar when they spotted
some commotion outside.

Tom, 30, said: "We walked outside and there was at that time a
growing crowd of about 60 people looking up at something in the
sky.

"I saw this light appear, then three others. They came over our
heads in formation but then manouvered into different positions.

"Three had formed a triangular shape and one was to the right.
Then another one came hurtling towards the rest at what looked
like a very fast speed. But as it neared them it suddenly slowed
and stopped altogether.

"By this time more people had poured out onto the street. Two
pubs had emptied, some people had come out of their houses and
drivers slowed their cars.

"The objects were there for about half an hour. It was very
eerie because they didn't make any sound and they stayed still
before moving slowly beyond the horizon. There were no stars in
the sky, just them.

"It was the most extraordinary thing I've ever seen and the way
in which everyone gathered in the street to watch them reminded
me of a scene from Independence Day."

The extraordinary scenes were also witnessed by some of the
staff of the One Elm pub.

Chef Kern Griffiths, 26, said: "I saw five lights, we all
thought they were hot air balloons at first because the glowing
spheres looked like a burst of flames. But I couldn't see any
outline of the balloon itself and they were travelling far too
fast.

"Suddenly someone shouted 'look' and there were these bright
dots fizzing across the sky.

"It was weird, they way they moved did look alien. Some people
reckon they're fireworks but they were lit up in the sky for far
too long, the local rugby club say they were lanterns that blew
loose over the weekend but these objects were far too fast and
too high up.

"They were unlike any aircraft I've seen. It's a mystery."

Hillary Potter from The British Earth Aerial Mystery Society
(BEAMS) said they were being inundated with similar calls from
across the country but said it was rare for such phenomena to be
witnessed by so many people.

She said: "Such incidents have been on the increase recently.
There are reports at the moment coming in from all over the
country.

"We've had many reports of people seeing quite large
unidentified objects in the skies. It's not going away, It seems
these incidents are becoming more bold.

"People don't know what to do when they witness such sights and
that's what we're here for. We take the reports very seriously."


A Mod Spokesman said: "The MoD does not have any expertise or
role in respect of UFOs or flying saucer matters or to the
question of the existence of extra terrestrial life forms, about
which we remain totally open minded.

"I should add that to date the MoD knows of no evidence which
substantiates the existence of these alleged phenomena. The MoD
examines any reports of unidentified flying objects it receives
solely to establish whether what was seen might have some
defence significance.

"Namely whether there is any evidence that the UK air space
might have been compromised by hostile or unauthorised foreign
military activity.

"Unless there is evidence of a potential threat to the United
Kingdom from an external military source, and to date no UFO
report has revealed such evidence, we do not attempt to identify
the precise nature of each sighting reported to us.

"We believe that rational explanations such as aircraft lights
or natural phenomena could be found for them if resources were
diverted for this purpose but its not the function of the MoD to
provide this kind of aerial identification service."

Frankie Spray, from Wellesbourne Airfield, just outside
Stratford, added: "The lights were nothing to do with us. None
of our aircraft fly at night at this time of year.

"It's very bizarre but I've got no explanation as to what the
lights were."

Birmingham Air Space which covers the skies over the town said
they had not heard of any unusual activity showing up on the
radar.




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