THIS is the moment two police officers claim to have captured their close encounter with a UFO on camera.
The duo watched as the cigar shaped object moved slowly across the sky over the North East of England.
The sighting, which lasted around 30 minutes, is one of hundreds made by police officers over the past 115 years.
Former police detective Gary Heseltine has studied the footage and believes it is genuine.
He said: “It was filmed by two off-duty police officers near Consett, in County Durham. On what was a bright clear day, the object was seen to rotate on its own axis in a vertical position.”
Gary added: “They object was estimated to be at an altitude of approximately 1,000ft to 5,000ft with dimensions of 200 to 400 feet in length. Note the sun glinting off what appears to be a metallic surface as it rotates.”
Gary, 56, has collected and studied more than 500 police sightings dating back to 1901 involving around 1,000 officers.
And he has revealed how two security officers, who were guarding one of Margaret Thatcher’s key Cabinet members, witnessed a cylindrical metallic UFO the size of a football field over the house in North Yorkshire in Spring 1981.
One officer was so alarmed he pulled out his gun but his colleague warned him not to fire.
Another case involved two uniformed officers who saw a huge black silent triangle the size of three football pitches fly over the A40 in Northholt in Middlesex.
Revealing another incident, Gary, who now edits UFO Truth Magazine, said: “Three uniformed police officers parked up in a rural area when they saw a bright flash on the horizon near Long Crendon, Bucks.
“Several minutes later a huge object ‘appeared’ in front of them, the size of a football field, and was shining a wide beam of light across the terrain that was the width of a football field.
“Approximately six other small objects were seen flying around the larger craft akin to a ‘mothership’ type scenario. After several minutes the craft simply disappeared from view in the blink of an eye.”
The retired cop, who was heavily involved in the Selby rail disaster in 2001, believes the truth really is out there after he witnessed a UFO as a teenager.
Gary, who is married with two daughters, said: “I had my own sighting as a 16 year old boy in Scunthorpe, Lincs, in 1976 when I was walking a then girlfriend home.
“As we walked along a dark narrow path we saw a bright white light that appeared to trigger several power grid failures. I then rode home and was able to predict almost to the very second where there would be another power cut after the object passed over my home.”
In 2002 Gary set up the Police Reporting UFO Sightings (PRUFOS) database to log reports from serving and retired officers. He started with just a handful but it has grown to 500 from 1,000 officers dating back to 1901.
In 2013, he decided to retire early to become a full-time UFO detective.
He said: “During my police service I had two off duty sightings, one seeing three bright objects holding an arrowhead shape formation high in the sky against a backdrop of night stars and a daytime sighting where I saw with binoculars a silver metallic looking sphere as it passed parallel to my home.”
Gary, who lives in Scholes, West Yorkshire, is writing a book called ‘UFOs – Through Police Eyes’.
A spokesman from the MOD said: “In over 50 years no UFO report has ever revealed anything to suggest a military threat to the UK.”