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UFO sightings reported to RAF to be published for first time online

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 26/01/2020 Telegraph Reporters
a close up of clouds in the sky: Photo circa March 2004 of doughnut-shaped phenomenon was photographed by a retired RAF officer and sent to his old bosses tasked with investigating UFOs. - PA © PA Photo circa March 2004 of doughnut-shaped phenomenon was photographed by a retired RAF officer and sent to his old bosses tasked with investigating UFOs. - PA

UFO sightings reported and recorded by the RAF are to be published online for the first time. The RAF took the decision to wind up its UFO unit in 2009, after concluding that in more than 50 years, no received report had ever disclosed any evidence of a potential threat.

Previously, records from the unit were given to the National Archives, often initially classified before being released after a specific number of years.

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But the most recent reports received by the RAF will be placed online, the PA news agency revealed, following a Freedom of Information Act request. Members of the public reporting alleged UFO sightings are now directed to their local police force.

A spokesman for the RAF said that "it had been assessed that it would be better to publish these records, rather than continue sending documents to the National Archives, and so they are looking to put them on to a dedicated gov.uk web page".

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A clearance process for the documents is currently under way before publication, which is expected to take place "some time within the first quarter of 2020".

In response to the FOI request, the RAF described the files it held as "comprising entirely of correspondence with members of the public".

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It added: "The MoD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra terrestrial life and does not investigate UFO reports."

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