Files reveal UFO sightings near Ashford
Could declassified government documents, revealed to the public
for the first time this week, be proof aliens have been near
The documents, released as part of a three-year project by the
Ministry of Defence and the National Archives, include dozens of
strange sightings in Kent. Among them is a submitted report on
possible explanations for blue lights over the skies of Biddenden
in the 1980s.
The unknown author writes: “Blue lights are not an unusual
phenomenon to be spotted in connection with UFOs. They are
mentioned fairly regularly.”
Slightly cryptically the author then goes on to write: “The main
reason for blue lights being observed is a refraction of bright,
white landing lights (strobes) and occurs along blue wavelength in
certain meteorological conditions.”
The files also contain two reports from late 1993 of strange
craft spotted near Ashford.
One report, from October of that year, describes an oval-shaped,
orange object the size of a large aircraft making a humming noise
and heading from Ashford to Canterbury.
The second, from December 1993, was described as “like a
shooting star but definitely not,” and moving quickly from
Canterbury to Ashford.
The report was taken by an RAF sergeant at RAF Manston, in
Thanet. It includes a handwritten note by the sergeant, describing
the person who spied the strange sight.
It reads: “Informant quite compos mentis, quite lucid despite
shooting star description and as surprised as anyone at such a
Other incidents recorded in the latest batch of documents, which
cover the years 1981 to 1996, include details of the UK’s most
infamous UFO case involving a supposed downed alien craft in
Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk.
There are also reports from two men from Staffordshire who say
an alien tried to abduct them after a night out in 1995 and several
sightings in Bonnybridge, central Scotland, which became the UK’s
UFO hotspot during the 1990s.
In the past two months the Kentish Express has received dozens
of reports detailing strange lights drifting across Romney Marsh at
night, spotted all along the coast from Lydd to Hythe.
This is the first photographic evidence of the strange phenomena
and was submitted by reader Patricia Cooke.
Explanations for the sightings range from flares set off during
Army training exercises to Chinese lanterns launched by
But could the lights have a more extraterrestrial origin?
The lights have been mentioned on UFO internet forums and have
been brought to the attention of the British UFO Research
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