UFO Britain Conspiracy: Ministry of Defense Shuts Down UFO Division, Releases Secret Files Of Stonehenge, Parliament [PHOTO, VIDEO, REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on June 21, 2013 5:37 PM EDT

UFO Britain
Photograph apparently showing a 'UFO' over Stonehenge, Wiltshire, in January 2009. (Photo: THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES)

UFO over Britain? The once secret images of a bizarre UFO over Stonehenge and the Parliament were finally released from Britain's Ministry of Defense on Friday along with an extensive 4,300 page report that explained why the UFO division closed three years ago.

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Accroding to UFO historian David Clarke, the increased use of smartphones have caused an incredible spike in the number of UFO sightings reported within the UK. Clarke indicated that reports of sightings doubled (208 reports) in 2008 from the previous year. By 2009, reports tripled to 643 reports.

"That really did put a strain on the resources that the MoD had committed to this subject, and really led up to their decision to finally pull the plug on Britain's X-Files, simply because they just didn't have the resources to investigate these sightings, or to look at them in any detail," Clarke explained. "So they just tended to be filed away."

Most reported UFO sightings are easily debunked. A police helicopter identified a pack of small rotating objects rotating in the sky, prompting a report to the ministry. The UFO division concluded the objects were in fact Chinese lanterns floating up from a wedding. Next, a witness reported spheres of flashing light in the sky, which were later confirmed to be fireworks released during a birthday celebration.

Some incidents are more difficult to explain. In January 2009, a photograph indicated a UFO that hovered over Stonehenge. The Ministry bluntly rejected the report, saying that the identification of said UFO will not be necessary "unless there is evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom."

In January 2009, photographs showing an odd shape in the sky over Stonehenge were sent to the ministry, along with an emailed note. The ministry responded that it doesn't seek to identify such UFO sightings "unless there is evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom."

Unconvinced? Be sure to check out all the declassified documents regarding the UFO sightings in the division's history! Visit the UK National Archives to learn more.

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