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A variety of weird and wonderful UFOs - including crafts resembling an exploding sixpence and a multi-coloured Malteser - have been spotted in Wales.
The bizarre claims were among 119 flying saucer sightings in Wales reported to the Ministry of Defence since 2000.
The soaring sweetie – like “a Malteser when held at arm’s length” – was spotted in Neath in July 2000. It was described as being orange, green, red and white.
And in Penarth, there were reports of a “very bright object above the sun” in September 2009.
A “bright orange light” that was “definitely not a place” was seen from Pontypridd in August 2009.
Earlier this year, Hilary Porter claimed aliens were targeting Welsh people.
In 2005, an onlooker reported seeing a red ball “the size of a sixpence” which “exploded and the sky lit up”.
And in West Wales, in 2009, there was a report of three objects “like bright orange tennis balls stuck together flying across the sky”.
In 2001, in South Wales, another report said a triangular object – “like an inverted ice cream cone” – had “disappeared down a country lane”.
The British UFO Research Association’s national investigations coordinator Heather Dixon believes most craft can be easily explained.
“There are so many drones going up that people see drones and think they are seeing something unknown,” she said.
“If they believe in extra terrestrial visitation they may immediately think something is an extra terrestrial craft.
A “large white ball” that “hovered and then disappeared” was seen in Rhydtalog, Flintshire, in April 2000.
On Anglesey, in September 2009, an amber object “similar to an egg shape” was said to have hovered over a field before vanishing.
Five minutes later, two more appeared in the same place, disappeared, then reappeared over the Menai Strait.
In Caernarfon in February 2001, a witness saw something that “looked like a star” which was “a green colour, with red on the side”.
The investigator noted it “looked like it was going to crash into the witness’s house”.
But Ms Dixon said she had “never seen anything in the sky that I could not explain”.
She said: “There are reports sometimes that we cannot identify something but that does not mean they are unidentifiable. It means we might not have enough information.”
In 2009, aliens were spotted heading from Wales toward the border, one observer claimed.
Seven silent “bright orange lights” were in the sky and they were “travelling towards the Wirral”.
In January 2001, there was a report over Ogwen Valley, Gwynedd, which is more commonly home to military aircraft.
The ship was “like a shooting star, but with a burning tail”. The witness told investigators it was “about the size of a military aircraft”.
In Ammanford, in May 2009, there were “seven orange orbs that suddenly disappeared”.
And in Cardigan, in January of the same year, “five rather big orange things” flew over a witness on the ground.
“He was terrified,” the report, taken by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), said.
In Pontrobert in May 2007 a 100ft-high blue-and-green triangle was seen. Then a second object appeared which had “pink pulsating lights”.
However, the British UFO Research Association says it has no time for silliness.
Ms Dixon said: "We conduct scientific, rigorous and robust investigations. There is a lot of nonsense on the net and it is a real problem.”
“People’s sightings often reflect their beliefs. I’m not saying there are not mysteries out there, not at all.”