If you're in the United Kingdom, and you happen to look up in the sky and glimpse something strange, the best thing to do these days might be to just head inside and put on your tinfoil hat. According to one official, after severely downsizing their investigations three years ago, the U.K. has now completely shut down its UFO monitoring. Why? Simple: They think UFOs aren't a threat.
Back in 2009, citing unnecessary costs, the U.K. Ministry of Defence opted to shut down a dedicated hotline to reported UFO sightings, as well as its "UFO Desk," which reportedly cost about 44,000 pounds a year to maintain. Now the ministry has decided that any UFO investigation of any kind isn't worth it because they just don't see any reason to worry about strange things in the skies over Britain.
"In over fifty years no UFO report revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom," an MoD spokesperson said.
"The MoD had no specific capability for identifying the nature of such sightings and there would be no benefit in such an investigation. Furthermore, responding to reported UFO sightings diverted MoD resources from tasks that were more relevant to defence."
Well, sometimes you just have to cut costs, right? And after all, it would be pointless to keep an investigation going when there's nothing to investigate. Except, as it turns out, there is something to investigate.
"Occasionally there are objects identified that do not conform to normal traffic patterns," U. K. Air Traffic Control head Richard Deakin said. "It does not occupy a huge amount of my time. There are approximately one a month."
So, despite the apparent presence of at least 12 unidentified flying objects in the U.K. each year, according to the guy whose job it is to watch the skies for identified flying objects, the U.K. isn't interested in funding any further government investigations into the matter.
Naturally, some people are frustrated by this, from people who want to report their UFOs but have nowhere to turn to UFO investigator Nick Pope, who used to run the MoD's now-dead UFO desk.
"One of the problems was that an increasing number of the reports the MoD was getting were low quality," Pope said.
"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 analyse 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."
So if you're in Britain and you see a flying saucer overhead, don't go looking for government help.