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Sausage and egg shapes among Surrey's UFO sightings

More than 30 sightings of unidentified flying objects over Surrey were reported to the Ministry of Defence between 2000 and 2009


Intense bright lights and UFOs described as "sausage-shaped" and a "silent helicopter" are just some of the descriptions of strange objects spotted in the skies above Surrey.
Between 2000 and 2009, 36 reported sightings of unidentified flying objects in the county were recorded by the Ministry of Defence. The reports have been released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Recordings of UFO sightings stopped in 2009 because the operation served "no defence purpose".
WokingGodalming and Walton have been some of the UFO hot spots, each with three or more reported sightings since the turn of the millenium.
flying object "like something out of a horror film" spotted near Godalming earlier this year may have turned out to be agricultural netting caught by the breeze, but the area does attract more outlandish reports.
In March 2009 a very bright spherical object, yellow or orange in colour and the "size of a full moon", was spotted.
It was silent and "seemed wrapped in a bright glowing cloud of light". It flew towards Hascombe in a series of erratic manoeuvres.

Bang goes Hersham


What a view from The Crown Inn, Oxted


Bright lights over Shepperton




A silent helicopter, "resembling a sea stallion", shone a light on a witness in Dorkingin October 2001, emitting a low humming noise.
In Woking, a resident reported seeing a "sausage-shaped" object in the sky that was "20 times larger than normal aircraft".
A sighting in Hersham, in August 2009, reported a "large, orange fireball" which burned for around 35 seconds, with no noise.
And one of two reports from Oxted claimed a glowing orange object, which looked like "the upper part of an egg" with a "root structure", stopped in a person's back garden, the witness adding: "It looked like it was having trouble but righted itself and gently flew off."
Bright lights and different coloured "objects" were a common theme among the reported sightings across the county and some were more cryptic and vague in their reports, with one saying they had spotted "something interesting" above Cobham in June 2008.
'Anecdotal stories'
Heather Dixon, Investigations co-ordinator at BUFORA (British UFO Research Association) explained that a lot of what the public seemed to identify as UFOs in the sky were really simply misidentified objects.
They could even be insects close to the camera lens, or dust, or perhaps sky lanterns which people mistake for UFOs. She explained that at least 98% of sightings were misunderstood objects in the night sky.
The BUFORA website has a section where the public can report sightings. There is also an extensive list of questions to answer so that a scientific study can be conducted.
People are asked to measure the altitude and direction of the object in the sky, the exact time of the sighting, the size, give any images to support the sighting and the conditions of the environment at the time.
Ms Dixon explained that if people reported their sightings within 24 hours, BUFORA had a higher chance of identifying the object.
She added: “If people have a powerful belief and they see something they do not understand and have a belief in the idea of visitors from outer-space, then when they report that image they will be coloured by that belief.
“It is our belief system, how we perceive and how we remember, and unfortunately our memory can be very inaccurate.”
She said: “I have spent 20 years involved in this subject, and I have never ever seen anything that had definite proof that it is something not of this earth.
“There are thousands of anecdotal stories, but no scientific proof.”

Sightings

Addlestone (13/05/2002) - one very big circular object that was white and very bright.
Basghot (no specific date) - sighting.
Caterham (29/04/2009) - a very small white light with no flashing lights or smoke trail. Headed north then did a sharp turn to the east and disappeared.
Cobham (17/12/2006) - white object moving from north to south, looked like object was burning up.
Cobham (28/06/2008) - "something interesting".
Dorking (23/10/2001) - "a silent helicopter resembling a sea stallion" shone a light on the witness.
Egham (10/09/2000) three lights, bigger than stars - white and bright but not blinding, moving erratically around one another.
Epsom (09/09/2009) - thirty orange globes in four waves - may have been lanterns.
Epsom (no specific date) - sighting.
Ewhurst (26/05/2007) - red light flew past house making popping sound.
Farncombe (26/09/2009) - two orange/red dots in sky, both disappeared.
Farnham (11/08/2009) - UFO.
Farnham (26/07/2008) - two round red lights, both disappeared.
Farnham (22/11/2009) - bright red and orange object, no noise, probably a meteor.
Godalming (31/07/2008) - UFO.
Godalming (25/03/2009) - bright spherical object, the "size of a full moon", seemed to be wrapped in "bright glowing cloud of light", moved erratically.
Godalming (10/09/2009) - intense, bright white light seen between path of Gatwick and Heathrow.
Godalming (no specific date) - sighting.
Guildford (04/09/2008) - big red diamond-shaped object, no sound.
Haslemere (16/04/2008) - two cylindrical objects, silent, moving at helicopter speed.
Hersham (24/08/2009) - "large orange fireball" burning for 35 seconds, no noise.
Hogs Back, A31 (28/12/2002) - four pairs of lights.
Oxted (12/07/2008) - 90 orange lights in V or S shaped pattern - size of footballs.
Oxted (22/02/2009) - object came into back garden, like "upper part of egg", glowing bright orange, root structure on bottom. "It looked like it was having trouble but righted itself and gently flew off."
Shepperton (10/11/2000) - eight to 10 oval objects, 20ft across, green and white and rotating.
Surrey (20/05/2004) - object was so close [that] grooves and windows could be seen.
Walton (16/02/2002) - one oval disc with green and red flashing lights.
Walton (07/04/2020) - one round object with red and green flashing lights.
Walton (08/04/2002) - round object with flashing lights.
Warlingham (01/03/2009) - bright orange lights in triangular formation, made no sound.
Woking (31/05/2002) - "sausage-shaped object", 20 times larger than normal aircraft.
Woking (31/03/2005) - bright star.
Woking (14/07/2009) - UFO.
Woking (03/10/2009) - eight lights flying slowly.
Woodhatch/Reigate (no specific date) - sighting.

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