Published: 3:38 AM 12/31/2013
Gloucestershire police are one of 17 forces to have received 999 calls about UFOs and the supernatural.
According to the Daily Mail, 17 police forces in England and Wales have revealed details of 277 cases in which people had requested urgent assistance following ’paranormal’ or ‘extra-terrestrial’ incidents over the past three years.
Most of the calls related to ghosts with some claiming to have been possessed.
The Citizen, Gloucestershire Echo and Stroud Life previously revealed some of the details of calls made to the Gloucestershire Constabulary.
In 2011, we revealed calls to the force had led to this note: "Caller sighted two UFOs last night, and tonight she has seen at least three or four.”
There were nine alien and UFO reports to Gloucestershire Constabulary between 2008 and 2011.
On May 29, 2009, in Gloucester, one emergency call handler took a call and noted: “Caller reports five bright orange objects in the sky moving in a circle then disappeared. Caller never seen anything like this before.”
On December 9, 2010 in Churchdown, this was taken down: “Caller reports he is looking south from his back garden and he can see a bright light to the south, it is not a star or a helicopter, he is convinced it is a UFO, has checked it with binoculars. He is not mad.”
Elsewhere in the county, this report was taken from a caller in the Stroud area on May 22, 2010: “Road obstruction, caller has come home to find an alien’s car parked on his driveway.”
On May 11, 2009, in Cheltenham, one 999 operator received a call and noted: “Saw a UFO travelling from Up Hatherley to Bishop’s Cleeve area.
“Very fast, changing colours from green and red and then possibly orange. Very pleasing to the eye and exciting. Travelling due north or north north-east.”
On October 21, 2009, the following was reported: “Large disc flying in the sky, yellow and pink.
“Darting in and out of the clouds at high speeds. Caller given UFO hotline number.”
Churchdown’s Dave Cosnette, who co-founded UFO and paranormal website Cosmic Conspiracies, told The Citizen at the time that the New Year was a good time to spot UFOs in Gloucestershire.
He said: “Over New Year there will be plenty of reports I’m sure, but most will turn out to be those Chinese lanterns.
"Gloucester isn’t a bad place to see UFOs actually, we get our fair share. The thing is, knowing who to report a sighting to. The MOD used to take calls, but not anymore.”
Police said they send information to the Ministry of Defence where appropriate, although in some cases people have mistaken aircraft for UFOs.