THE film and TV alien exhibits currently on show at Ashington’s Woodhorn Museum might not be the only extra-terrestrials to visit south east Northumberland, according to one witness quoted in government files released last week.
A report of unexplained lights in the sky above Choppington in November 2007 is among hundreds of sightings included in the ninth batch of formerly secret UFO files released by the National Archives.
The files are made up of more than 6,700 pages of UFO policy statements, parliamentary questions, letters from members of the public and sighting reports.
The files, dating from 1965 to 2008, are free to download for the next three weeks online at nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos
The newly-released documents include a briefing to then prime minister Tony Blair on UFOs and reports on potentially harnessing alien technology for use in weaponry.
The only report from Northumberland among the latest X files was submitted by a man in Choppington five years ago.
He said he had seen a “white, pencil line of very bright lights”, adding: “They were as bright as flash bulbs and bathed the whole sky in light for what seemed like miles. The lights were about 400 or 500 yards away, and then it looked like they were moving nearer to the village. They were going quite slowly across the sky.
“After a few minutes of watching the lights, they exploded without noise – it was like a million flash bulbs in the sky – and all the house alarms in the village went off and the power to the houses went down.
“It took three days for the power in the village to get up and running again.”
The police were said in the report not to have felt the matter was worth pursuing.
A spokesman for Northern Power Grid spokesman said it has no records of any such power cut, however.
The Ministry of Defence issued a standard response to the witness, saying that it would only investigate if it was concerned that British airspace had been breached.
The government scrapped its UFO desk in 2009.
Anyone unconvinced that aliens are at large around Choppington and willing to make do with Woodhorn’s Invasion! exhibition instead has until September to check it out.
For further details, go to www.experiencewoodhorn.com