Brightlingsea: Police officer saw ‘alien craft’

Sighting - the MoD has revealed a police officer spotted an ‘alien craft’ flying over Brightlingsea.(49774-3)

Sighting - a resident has reported seeing two bright lights flying over the A12. (52710-a)

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A police officer is one of a number of witnesses to report UFO sightings across Essex.

The unamed officer’s account of what they saw has been published by the Ministry of Defence as it reveals all of the reports it received regarding “alien craft” in 2008.

The officer claims to have spotted strange lights in the sky above Brightlingsea on New Year’s Eve.

It was described as a “bright orange/yellow light in the sky”. It was “quite large” and about 1,500 to 2,000 ft up in the air.

“[It] moved very slowly in a half circle then stopped over the water between Brightlingsea and East Mersea,” the report continues.

“[It] shot straight up and disappeared very fast.”

Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator with the Ministry of Defence, said a sighting by a serving police officer added a certain level of credence to the report.

“Most UFO reports involving yellow or orange lights turn out to be Chinese lanterns and New Year’s Eve is certainly a day that many were let off,” he explained.

“However, these drift with the wind, so the movement reported in this case tends to rule out this explanation.

“It’s difficult to see how a lantern would stop and then accelerate away upwards so rapidly. Additionally, one would expect a police officer to be familiar with Chinese lanterns.”

He added: “It would be interesting to know whether anything unusual was picked up on radar.”

Essex Police could not confirm whether the officer is serving with the force, or works for a neighbouring force such as the Metropolitan Police or the Royal Military Police.

It comes just a week after a police officer on duty reported spotting the Beast of Essex in Wivenhoe.

The MoD has recorded dozens of UFO sightings across the UK, with a total of eight in Essex.

On October 11, another resident reported seeing two bright lights flying northbound over the A12, in the Colchester area.

The report said: “As they got nearer, they could only be described as two balls of fire.”

It is not just north of the county that has been receiving alien visits.

Groups of strange orange lights have been allegedly spotted in Laindon, Loughton and Hainault.

The most mysterious sighting was in the Stanford-le-Hope area, where someone called the MoD on April 28, to report a strange light that “looked like a cloud that was flying around making jerking movements”.

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3:22pm Fri 6 Feb 09

Sdapeze says...

I reckon our coppers have all been on the sauce. The last one was a sight of a black panther in Wivenhoe. The next thing will be a sighting of a sober punter in the High Street on a Friday night.
I reckon our coppers have all been on the sauce. The last one was a sight of a black panther in Wivenhoe. The next thing will be a sighting of a sober punter in the High Street on a Friday night. Sdapeze
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1:14am Sat 7 Feb 09

laughter is the best medicine2 says...

Oh come on sd, all coppers see flashing lights.
ever seen a police car lately?
mysteriously, the lights are always blue.
Oh come on sd, all coppers see flashing lights. ever seen a police car lately? mysteriously, the lights are always blue. laughter is the best medicine2
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11:42am Sat 7 Feb 09

Cliff says...

I think his (or her) credibility as a witness in any court case will now be shot to ribbons - the name is bound to leak out and any defence batrister will make mincemeat of him (or her)
I think his (or her) credibility as a witness in any court case will now be shot to ribbons - the name is bound to leak out and any defence batrister will make mincemeat of him (or her) Cliff
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12:32pm Sat 7 Feb 09

Squabbly says...

But the officer standing in the Police Station car park on Wednesday afternoon at around 2.15pm chatting on a mobile didn't notice the driver pass her also chatting on a mobile phone. It came as no surprise though.
But the officer standing in the Police Station car park on Wednesday afternoon at around 2.15pm chatting on a mobile didn't notice the driver pass her also chatting on a mobile phone. It came as no surprise though. Squabbly
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