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Torbay is a hotspot for UFO sightings

By HEGuyH  |  Posted: June 21, 2013


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TORBAY has emerged as a hotspot for UFO sightings according to new figures released today.

The log of Unidentified Flying Object sightings covers the years from 1997 to 2009, and reveals 10 logged sightings in the Torbay area during that time.

Other reports logged with the authorities reveal sightings at Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Abbotskerswell and Ashburton, among other places.

Click our map for details of what was reported, when and where

View South Devon UFO sightings 1997-2009 in a larger map

The information comes in the final tranche of UFO files released by The National Archives.

The files also reveal for the first time the reasons behind the closure of the UFO desk.

The 25 files released today contain 4,400 pages.

They contain accounts of alleged abductions and contact with aliens and UFO sightings near UK landmarks.

The UFO Desk received more than 600 UFO sightings and reports in 2009, treble the amount of the previous year.

Also contained in the files are briefings about possible reasons for the surge of UFO sighting reports. The files suggest that it was believed the increase could be partly a result of the craze for releasing Chinese lanterns at weddings and public holidays.

The reports include UFOs spotted near UK landmarks; one hovering opposite the Houses of Parliament and one near Stonehenge.

The Herald Express has already got to the bottom of one of the mysteries

Local sightings since 1997 include:


28-Mar-09 08:45 Torquay Devon A group of very bright orange objects heading NW to SE at a consistent speed and low altitude. There was a group of 15 followed by groups of 2-3 and 3-4 over a five minute period.


04-Jul-09 23:00 Teignmouth Devon A bright yellowy orange object, travelling SE to NW in a straight line. It made no noise. At a 50 degree angle of elevation.


24-Jul-09 No time given Ashburton Devon Light seen in sky also above this was a large round shape which looked rocky and was blue and pink in colour.


02-Aug-09 21:45 Kingsbridge Devon Low bright light.


28-Oct-09 21:10 Salcombe Devon Three to four silent aircraft three leading one trailing, bright red lights.


05-June-07 1:00 Paignton Devon A strange object was swirling about in the sky. The object was totally silent.


17-Jul-06 02:00 Marlborough Devon Two round, stationary, slightly oval lights were seen. A third light kept arcing between the other two oval lights, and lit up the sky.


20-Aug-06 Torquay Devon Lights were seen.


25-May-04 17:00 Paignton Devon Long single, black cylinder type object about 200ft long.


Ashburton Devon (Seen for six weeks - Feb/March 2003). Two strange lights in the sky.

Newton Abbot

19-Dec-02 06:30 Newton Abbot Devon. A strange object/light. No sound.


04-Jan-01 03:30 Teignmouth Devon Bright, flashing lights. Moving to the South.


17-Aug-01 21:45 Abbotskerswell Devon The object looked like a circle within a circle.


21-Oct-01 18:15 Torbay Devon The object was larger than Venus but smaller than the moon. Was very white. Was wiggling from side to side.


02-Dec-01 18:15 Torquay Devon One object the size of a small room. Was spinning on it's own axis.

Newton Abbot

09-Mar-99 10:10 Newton Abbot Devon One large circle, not constant, as it changed. Yellow and very bright. The object was moving very slowly


04-May-99 22:15 Modbury Devon One haze of light with two tyre like spheres in the middle. Was white with a yellow haze and was very bright. Stationary at first.

Livermead, Torquay

11-Sep-99 22:15 Livermead/Torquay Devon One large, cigar shaped object. Luminescent green and very bright. The object sort of glided along

South Brent

22-Mar-98 21:20 South Brent Devon Bright stars in the shape of a "T". Then a bright orange light was seen. High in the sky. They were descending slowly.


20-Jan-97 06:50 Dartmoor Devon Two objects/lights that were parallel. Were stationary for about 10 seconds. They moved away at speed, and then became brighter.


16-Apr-97 21:30 Paignton Devon One object, like a star, but larger. Star coloured and very bright. It was moving very fast.

Barton, Torquay

31-May-97 22:55 Barton/Torquay Devon A ball of white light slowly moving across the sky. Through binoculars, there was a white globe of light.


25-Aug-97 22:00 Paignton Devon A star shaped object. It was very high. It moved in an 'inhuman way' on a curved path. Slowed down and then disappeared into outer space.


22-Nov-97 18:32 Brixham Devon A shadow of a delta winged aircraft, moved across the stars. It had a steady pink light on the front, and two at the back. Was silent.


04-Dec-97 20:22 Devon Two jet sized objects. They had red lights and one white light. Very bright. There was a rushing sound. Flying West and very slow.

The files are available to download for free for a month from the website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos

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  • DarylDante  |  June 26 2013, 11:41PM

    What I saw was unidentifiable to the everyday person in the street dizzyjill. So therefore it was an Unidentified Flying Object, because A) it was flying B) it wasn't easily identifiable. C) it was an object. The Sun doesn't fly. Neither do the stars.

  • dizzyjill  |  June 26 2013, 6:40PM

    Yes that big round yellow circle that moves from one side of the flat earth to the other every day is obviously a UFO. And how do you explain all those twinkly little lights in the sky at night other than alien eyes staring at us. It's an FBI cover up.

  • DarylDante  |  June 26 2013, 4:18PM

    I've seen stuff that is most definitely NOT Chinese lanterns, that could quite possibly be not of this planet. When reading accounts of 17th Century sightings, obviously before Hollywood and long before the Roswell incident, (which acted as a catalyst for many more UFO sightings than previously) I am startled by the similarities of what I saw in Torbay.

  • Anthony1  |  June 25 2013, 2:20PM

    All that "funny" tobacco could explain a lot.

  • Despairing2  |  June 24 2013, 9:15AM

    It is not surprising that a large number of these 'incidents' perfectly describe Chinese Lanterns - which we see on a regular basis. The 'sigtings' we have are from ones released on a regular basis from the Berry Head Hotel and floating across the Bay!

  • dizzyjill  |  June 22 2013, 5:02PM

    If you are looking for 'spaced out' just go to castle circus any day of the week.

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  • nicold  |  June 22 2013, 12:47PM

    Miraculously I saw someone working on the road of Fleet Walk the other day. This too was unexplained!

  • dizzyjill  |  June 21 2013, 12:03PM

    It's also a hotspot for alcoholism, drug addiction, homes for the incapacitated elderly and those with behavioural problems. I'm not saying there is a connection but....

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  • craigguest69  |  June 21 2013, 10:23AM
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