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UFO 'spotted near Parliament'

UFOs were claimed to have been spotted near several major UK landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Stonehenge and Blackpool Pier, according to previously classified Ministry of Defence files released today.

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MoD closed UFO desk in 2009

The Ministry of Defence closed its UFO desk in 2009 because it served "no defence purpose", newly released files showed today.

The MoD said the UFO desk has no "defence purpose" Credit: PA

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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