- UFO watchers are keeping their eyes glued
to the skies after a string of strange sightings in the North East.
- Bright orange balls, some apparently
flying in formation, have been spotted in parts of Co Durham.
- Similar objects have been recorded in
other parts of the country, but UFO experts believe the major activity
has been centred over North Durham.
- One woman driving her car on Crookgate
Bank, between Newcastle and Consett, watched a large oval-shaped object
in the clouds for around 20 seconds.
- In a detailed report to a UFO information
centre in Leeds, run by co-ordinator Andrew Ellis, she said it was bright
orange and yellow.
- The woman, who did not want to be named,
said the object seemed to hover above trees and then moved behind them.
- As she went to get a better view the
object began to move.
- Mr Ellis said: "She feels that what
she was viewing was the bottom of the object and the top was obscured in
the clouds. It vanished within seconds up into the clouds."
- Another report in the same area recorded
two or three orange balls flying in formation. The first sighting was logged
on February 18 at 10.30pm.
- Mr Ellis said: "From the contacts
we have across the country, sightings of these orange balls are coming
in thick and fast.
- "We have had several reports from
the Consett and Stanley areas. One was of four balls coming together in
a formation and disappearing."
- He is keen to hear from anyone who may
have witnessed such phenomena in recent weeks.
- "I don't know what it could be but
there are reports dating back to the Second World War about aircraft and
being followed by strange orange balls. We need a photograph or even video
- Prof Roger Davies, professor of Astronomy
at Durham University and an experienced observer, said: "I have seen
some quite remarkable natural phenomena. You would be surprised at the
bangs and flashes and fireballs.
- "But I have not seen something that
would fit a description of an orange ball. It's not out of the question
that it's a natural phenomena but if there is some kind of co-ordinated
movement that's harder to explain."
- Anyone who has seen the orange balls
is asked to call Mr Ellis on 01132 482 973.