Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')
As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.
I would like to find out the number of 999 or 101 calls your force has received in relation to alleged UFO, alien, ghost, witchcraft and paranormal sightings.
In each case, please provide figures separately for each year - 2016, 2017, 2018 2019 and 2020 to date.
In each instance, I would like as much details as possible about what the sightings are.
Where applicable, please break answers down by:
- What were the specific locations of where the sightings occurred?
- What was reported by the witnesses?
- What were the dates of the reports?
Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Corporate Development Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.
The following should be noted with regards to the data supplied below. A keyword search was undertaken on our recording system of the incident description with the following keywords; UFO, Alien, Ghost, Witchcraft and paranormal, for all incidents between 1 January 2016 and 2 July 2020. There were 189 returns, of which, 74 were made by 999 and 103 were made by alternative phone lines. We cannot say for sure that these were 101 calls.
177 incidents have been read through to establish those that were claiming to be a “sighting” as specified in your request, of those there were two that were claimed sightings of UFOs. Those that were not included in the results were due to recorded mental health issues, or they were not sightings. As the collation of this data is subjective it may not match previously completed FOI’s.
The below incidents were received in 2016 on a phone line that was not 999 but is likely to have been 101:
Private house - Fenham, Newcastle
Suspicious activity. Lights moving in a triangular way; behind the clouds; in the area that caller lives. Caller speculated this could be a UFO.
Private house - Leam Lane Estate, Gateshead
Report of UFOs approx two months ago. Caller saw a sphere of light in the sky over the leam lane estate, then later saw two fleets of UFOs - approx. 20 objects in each fleet.