Thursday 5pm - COULD this mysterious Lincolnshire triangle mark out a hotbed of UFO activity in the region?
The triangle shape is visible on the Google map on our website pinpointing several of the sightings in the area reported to us.
A reader, who wished to remain anonymous, spotted the unusual shape and asked whether there was a strange pattern emerging.
Even the country's leading expert on UFOs dubbed the UK's answer to Fox Mulder has referred to the Louth area as a possible hotspot for UFO sightings. Nick Pope, who worked on the Ministry of Defence's UFO desk in the 1990s told the Leader: "Areas of the country can suddenly become hotspots although there is no logical reason for this.
"Looking at the geography of the Louth area, taking in the coast, it is always possible some people could be seeing secret Russian reconnaissance aircraft, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The Russians could have a new secret craft which they are using to probe at our defences so I think we should be looking into this, and the MOD should be involved."
At the bottom of the triangle is perhaps the most notorious of all the sightings – Brinkhill. It is here that 68 year-old Eric Goring claims to have repeatedly witnessed 'alien spaceships' in the skies over the village.
The triangle then stretches out across the sea off the Mablethorpe area where there have been sightings of strange craft just off shore.
Furthest north is the most recent sighting in May - a strange object in the sky witnessed by two children in their back garden who watched it dematerialise before their very eyes.
Numerous encounters have included the now nationally renowned sighting over Conisholme wind farm the night before damage was caused to one of the turbine's blades, a donut shaped UFO, orange lights, a rainbow UFO, black triangles and a 'tentacled' UFO.
These sightings have been reported to us by a variety of individuals including respected local councillors, children, a psychic and an independent UFO investigator.
Since we started receiving reports of strange lights sighted in the skies last summer, we have been in contact with Nick Pope, leading UFO author Timothy Good, and Robert Rosamond, chairman of the British UFO Research Association (BUFORA).
...But what if they are just Chinese lanterns and terrestrial aircraft?
A sceptics view might say the orange lights seen over Louth were merely flying lanterns released at nearby parties,
At the time The Priory Hotel in Louth did admit lanterns had been released at weddings held there.
Robert Rosamond of BUFORA has told the Leader the majority of reports they receive regarding orange lights can be explained as flying lanterns, but he emphasized a good portion of these could not be explained.
But what about the black triangles, are they merely secret militray craft on a test flight?
After all, the term UFO stands for Unidentified Flying Object – and without identification, they remain a mystery for those who encounter them.
Could these witnesses be 'delusional' or 'alcoholic' as recently suggested by Sunday Times writer Rod Liddle?
The truth, as they say, is out there...
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