By Eddie Wrenn
Last updated at 3:16 PM on 17th August 2009
Hundreds of Britons had 'close encounters' with UFOs, according to previously-classified documents released by the Ministry of Defence today.
The sightings were made between 1981 and 1996 from observers including police officers, fighter pilots and school children. They range from lights in the sky to close contact with aliens with 'lemon-shaped heads', and include detailed analysis on some of the UK's most well-known cases.
'We want you, come with us,' one alien apparently told two terrified Staffordshire boys in 1995 after appearing from under a hovering UFO.
It is just one of countless mysterious reports released as part of a three-year project between the MoD and The National Archives, aimed at opening up the records to a worldwide audience.
The Government 'X- Files', contains 14 files of sightings, letters and Parliamentary Questions - 4,000 pages in total.
Enlarge Revellers in Glastonbury reported this sighting
The records feature papers relating to the famous 'Rendlesham Forest' sightings, often described as 'Britain's Roswell', and the MoD's final position statement on the incident.
- Other highlights include:
- The Belgian Air Force scrambling F-16 fighters to intercept UFOs reported by police officers and others. A report of the incident, in March 1990, confirms the F-16s obtained 'lock-ons' with their radars, but could not explain what caused the phenomena.
- Numerous sightings over Scotland as Bonnybridge became the UFO hotspot of the mid-90s.
- A report of wailing noises and mysterious lights being beamed on to a cemetery in Cheshire in July 1996. Investigations discovered four smouldering railway sleepers, one with a hole burnt through it.
Here in Britain the number of UFO sightings leapt from 117 in 1995 to 609 in 1996.