By Wakefield ExpressFIGHTING crime and watching the sky for extra terrestrial visitors is all in a day's work for one Wakefield detective.
And now Det Con Gary Heseltine has shared his knowledge of all things alien by filming for a major international documentary about UFO sightings for the History Channel and another British programme about police officers and UFOs.
Determined to prove the truth really is out there, Mr Heseltine of Ashdene, Crofton, has been cataloguing UFO sightings for more than 30 years and even set up his own online publication before joining the national UFO Data magazine late last year.
As one of the UK's leading and most respected authorities on the subject, the film crews jumped at the chance to sign him up.
He said: "The first is for a forthcoming series by the USA's History Channel called UFO Hunters, due for airing in May. I've worked on documentaries over the years, but never on an international one and it was quite novel having an 11-person film crew crammed into my house in Crofton.
"The second programme is for the UFO Files, who wanted to get in touch with police officers who have had sightings, which was great too."
Mr Heseltine created the Police Reporting UFO Sightings (PRUFOS) database in 2001, which made him the ideal person to put the film crews in touch with officers who have had close encounters.
And the latest PRUFOS results are set to be published later this month with some interesting sightings set to whet the appetites of sky-watchers everywhere, especially in the Merrie City.
He said: "It needs more confirmation, but I've been made aware of a Crofton sighting. It involves a retired police officer and relates back to the 1970s where three glowing orbs were seen moving towards an area known locally as the Lump.
"He thought it was the front lights of a plane, but quickly realised there was no noise.
"They came within 100 yards of him – then, with a burst of acceleration, they were gone.
"I'd say 95 per cent of sightings turn out to be mundane and not UFOs.
"But it's that other five per cent that I focus on."