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By Sean Rayment
[April 1, 1996] -- A Senior Ministry of Defence [MoD] official has confirmed the existence of UFOs, it was claimed yesterday.
Believed to be a member of the RAF, he was coaxed into appearing on a TV documentary by investigator Jenny Randles.
In a programme to be shown on BBC2 next month, the official reveals how some case reports of UFOs over Britain consistently defy rational explanation.
Last night, a BBC source said the programme -- UFOs: Britain's Secret Files -- would shock sceptics. "It becomes apparent there are now people at the highest levels of the Government who have not discounted the possibility of life on other planets," he added.
The programme also features a former head of a Government UFO monitoring unit confirming reports of craft moving at huge speeds. "We had radar reports of objects travelling at 4,000 mph across the North Sea into British airspace -- objects as big as battleships," he reveals.
An incident in which two fighter planes were scrambled over East Anglia on the night of August 13, 1956 to intercept a UFO is investigated. Surviving crew members insist they had a "close encounter."
A BBC spokesman said: "The MoD finally concede that they remain 'totally open-minded' about extraterrestrial life forms."
However, a Ministry spokesman poured scorn on the claims, adding: "We have one person in the RAF secretariat answering inquiries about UFOs -- that's it."
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