Fwd = Police helicopter chases UFO (UK)
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Original Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 22:43:04 +0200 (CEST)
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This is Brighton & Hove Welcome
First published on Tuesday 03 September 2002:
Police helicopter chases UFO
by Barbara Davidson
A police helicopter went on a dramatic high-speed chase - in pursuit
of some little green men.
The tale of the unexpected began when a suspected UFO was spotted next
to the Sussex Police vehicle as it flew 1,000ft above Brighton.
Inside, crew members Sergeant John Tickner and paramedic Sean Mitchell
sat mesmerised as the glowing object floated next to them before
disappearing into the distance. They were so stunned they decided to
follow it and used a thermal imaging camera to video events as they
chased the mystery object for three minutes before giving up and
returning to base.
Now their video is being pored over by UFO enthusiasts around the
world in the belief it could provide evidence of life on other
Experts say they are baffled by the Brighton phenomenon. But both Mr
Tickner and Mr Mitchell are convinced they did not witness a close
encounter of the third kind.
Mr Tickner, 50, who retired last week after 30 years with Sussex
Police, said: "We were flying back from Beachy Head and at 1,000ft we
didn't expect anything to join us. Not for a moment did we believe it
to be anything sinister.
"We thought it was funny though so we chased it around for three
minutes and were laughing and joking about little green men. None of
us took it seriously."
The bizarre incident happened on the evening of August 11, 2000.
The crew passed the film footage to a TV company making a documentary
about their work.
The story was picked up by a magazine and the film has been screened
at a UFO conference.
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