SECRET documents detailing apparent UFO sightings in Redbridge have been released by the Government for the first time.

The files, unclassified by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), show that the borough has had more than its fair share of UFO reports in the past 40 years.

Woodford Green attracted worldwide attention earlier this year after residents reported seeing a mysterious silver object flying near the Winston Churchill statue on Woodford High Road.

And the released archives show such sightings have a long history in the borough.

The files include the tale of two little boys who were terrified back in 1970 when they saw a pair of strange lights in the skies over Wanstead.

More recently, accounts cover a variety of strange sights, including one man who spotted two "giant sparklers" hovering in the skies of Woodford Green back in February 2001.

For more details see next week's Guardian.

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