The Ministry of Defence closed its UFO desk in 2009 because it served "no defence purpose", newly released files showed today.
The latest tranche of declassified MoD UFO files showed the decision was taken to close the desk and its UFO "hotline" in a year when sightings reported to the department had trebled.
The decision was taken to close the desk and bring to an end the "UFO hotline" by officials who deemed it had no "defence benefit".
They also said the resources that were being devoted to it were taking staff away from "more valuable defence-related activities".
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