he skies above Britain are visited by at least one UFO a month, the head of UK Air Traffic Control has admitted.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Richard Deakin confirmed unidentified flying objects were being seen by his staff.
Mr Deakin said: "Occasionally there are objects identified that do not conform to normal traffic patterns. It does not occupy a huge amount of my time.
“There are approximately one a month."
The figures are backed up by Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator for the Ministry of Defence.
Also speaking on the programme, he revealed between 200-300 sightings a year were reported during his tenure.
“Most of the reports turned out to be misidentification of aircraft lights, weather balloons, meteors and satellites,” he explained.
He added: “It did leave us with one or two a month we found genuinely interesting. Of course, our mindset is it’s probably more likely to be Russian than Martian.”