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Britain's 'X-Files' reveal top UFO hotspots

By T.K. Randall
May 5, 2020 · Comment icon 11 comments

The RAF investigated UFOs over a 50-year period from 1959 to 2009. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Gerhard Uhlhorn
Recently declassified documents have revealed the parts of the country with the most UFO sightings.
Back in January we reported that the Royal Air Force (RAF) had announced that, rather than sending UFO reports to the National Archives, it would be releasing them to the public - a move hailed as a significant step forward in the search for the truth behind the phenomenon.

The RAF had been investigating UFOs for years until in 2009 the decision was made to wind down its UFO unit on the basis that there was no evidence of a credible threat against the country.

Now following a Freedom of Information request the first set of data has been revealed - a list of UFO hotspots indicating which parts of the country saw the largest number of sightings per year.
The data lists the top 10 areas in 2009 as:
  1. London (54)
  2. Kent (30)
  3. Lancashire (24)
  4. Derbyshire (22)
  5. Essex (22)
  6. Stafford (19)
  7. Swansea (18)
  8. Warwickshire (17)
  9. Surrey (16)
  10. Norfolk (15)
In that year - the final year in which the RAF was collecting data - there were 626 sightings in total.

The figures are particularly interesting because they are based on reports from reputable sources such as air traffic controllers, pilots and police officers rather than random members of the public.

Exactly what accounts for all these sightings however continues to remain unclear.

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Dejarma 4 years ago
oh wow, many sightings in many hot spots.. so where are all the aliens then?
Comment icon #3 Posted by acute 4 years ago
Here's one of them. (Scroll down for the best pic)  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Dejarma 4 years ago
i love this quote from the article: The man's face is likely to be a spooky mask No ****!? ..a great example of superb spot on intelligent informative reporting there.. Top stuff, well done, Aimee Robinson
Comment icon #5 Posted by jbondo 4 years ago
2009? So, these were the "hot-spots" 10 years ago. London had the most, which makes little sense, since it would also have the most light saturation. Hard to see anything with all those city lights. Not to mention, with so much annual fog, misidentification is even more likely.
Comment icon #6 Posted by smokeycat 4 years ago
A lot of people in London. Daylight sightings? ???? Probably.  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Dejarma 4 years ago
yeah which to me means there's a lot of people in London who don't know Chinese lanterns & satellites moving majestically across the night sky when they see them 
Comment icon #8 Posted by ChrLzs 4 years ago
Someone should set up a business selling decent quality cameras in these areas, as clearly they have none.
Comment icon #9 Posted by BEAR-CUB 4 years ago
I’m surprised that London is considered a U.F.O hotspot; considering that it is a region that is densely populated; whereas presumably E.Ts would prefer to go unnoticed. But then again, we Londoners are a unique breed compared to the rest of British people, as we are so engrossed with our insular lives, that a 3 mile long mothership hovering 30 meters above ground in London would go unnoticed. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
I guess not all aliens go to the deep woods were cletus picks banjo and the family gather around the still to play spin the cousin.
Comment icon #11 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
Dammnit man, cletus hit me all fired up angry, He said bats you sorry sob you forgot about the anal probes, you cant have aliens without the probes.

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