By Anna Roberts
Sussex Police have investigated hundreds of reports of UFOs since 2007, The Argus can reveal.
Over the past six years, 111 reports of unidentified flying objects over Sussex have been reported to the force and officers have treated them “seriously”, a spokesman told the newspaper.
He said he could not estimate how much this had cost Sussex Police.
He added: “We always take calls seriously, but in the case of reports of UFO sightings none have ever been substantiated.
“In recent years, the increase in the popularity of Chinese lanterns has brought about the odd report and there will occasionally be calls as a result of a celestial occurrence or falling space debris.”
He said celestial occurrences usually meant meteorites and other space activity.
So far in 2013, only one person has contacted Sussex Police to complain about UFOs.
But in 2010, 31 people complained of UFOs and a year earlier 35 people complained. . . .
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