The Ministry of Defense (MOD–the UK equivalent of the Pentagon in the US) will no longer investigate UFO sightings after ruling there is "no evidence" they pose a threat, despite the fact that a senior aviation official has admitted that the country is visited by one unidentified flying object a month.

Pilots spot UFOs all the time. Richard Deakin, the head of UK Air Traffic Control, says that over 6,000 flights move through their airspace every day, and that air traffic controllers see about one UFO every month.

In the Telegraph, Richard Gray quotes him as saying, "Occasionally there are objects identified that do not conform to normal traffic patterns. It does not occupy a huge amount of my time. There are approximately one a month." Yet despite this, the MOD says it will no longer investigate UFO sightings.

Gray quotes an MOD spokesman as saying, "In over fifty years, no UFO report revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom."

He quotes Nick Pope, who investigated UFOs for the government from 1991 to 1994, as saying, "One of the problems was that an increasing number of the reports the MOD was getting were low quality. When someone has a photograph though, that should be considered to be a different situation. The MOD has the personnel and equipment to very quickly analyze an image to tell whether it has been altered and identify what an object might be.

"A lot of ordinary members of the public feel it is their duty to report anything out of the ordinary. I get a lot of people contacting me now about sightings and it is frustrating that there is no where official that they can report them–it has become a black hole."

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