The policemen pursued the object at high speed. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Uncool Eddie
One of Britain's strangest UFO cases began when two policemen spotted something very unusual in the sky.
On the morning of October 24th, 1967, PCs Roger Willey and Clifford Waycott had been on routine patrol along the A3072 between Hatherleigh and Holsworthy when they encountered a large, bright cross-shaped object hovering in the sky nearby.
Perplexed, they attempted to approach the object and managed to get within 400 meters of it before it started moving away. They noted that it seemed to be aware of their presence.
After reporting it to the station, they decided to set off in pursuit. The chase would see them reach speeds of up to 90mph on the county's roads however they were ultimately unable to apprehend it.
A holidaymaker - Christopher Garner - later confirmed that he had also witnessed the spectacle.
"It was definitely there and definitely either manned by some sort of being or remotely controlled," said PC Willey. "It was definitely being controlled to view our car."
"On various points of its journey, it was attaining high altitude and it was down to treetop level at other times. There was no sound that I heard at all - there was no outside sound apart from the car itself."
Intriguingly, another cross-shaped object was spotted just three days later - again by police officers. It was seen in the same area traveling towards the north-east.
The Ministry of Defense later conducted its own investigation into the phenomenon however it is unclear what its conclusions were.
"No explanation has been given to us by anybody and we haven't asked," Waycott said in later life. "We've just gently been asked to sweep it under the carpet."
"It didn't happen - that's what they said. But we know what we saw."
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