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MoD releases secret files on UFOs
Bonnybridge town centre
Bonnybridge has become famous as a hotbed of UFO activity
Confidential Ministry of Defence files on Unidentified Flying Objects are set to be made public.

Hundreds of documented sightings of UFOs across the UK will be released by the MoD to the National Archive in the coming weeks.

Detailed accounts of sightings in the Bonnybridge area are expected to be among the files.

The Stirlingshire town became famous in the 1990s after dozens of locals reported objects in the sky.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said the secret files date back more than 10 years.

On a number of occasions I have seen something that cannot be rationally defined
Bonnybridge councillor
Billy Buchanan

He said: "The files contain information about UFO sightings by members of the public and include photographs that people have taken or drawings they have done.

"There is no scientific data included in the files just the public reports which may also include a comment from nearby RAF bases saying whether there was flight activity when the sightings took place."

Earlier files released by the MoD have concluded that UFO sightings could be attributed to natural phenomena in the atmosphere.

'Ongoing issue'

Bonnybridge councillor Billy Buchanan, who said he had seen UFOs on many occasions, said the release of the files was good news.

He said: "The more information that comes out about the sightings the more it gives credibility to all those, including myself, who have been ridiculed by speaking out.

"On a number of occasions I have seen something that cannot be rationally defined.

"It's an ongoing issue for Bonnybridge with many of the area's elderly people getting concerned when they cannot explain something they've seen in the sky."

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