|Investigation files into a mystery UFO spotted over Banks in Southport have been released for the first time as part of a national Ministry of Defence project.
A number of eye witnesses came forward and claimed to have seen the triangular-shaped craft in the early hours of February 24 1996.
The files detail how a mystery object hovered in the sky in Banks making a loud and intense noises and shaking the ground before disappearing.
Documents have been released that show letters from the Ministry of Defence investigating the issue as well as transcripts of interviews with the witnesses.
One said in the interview: “I awoke to hear a very loud noise which was shaking the house and windows. I opened my blinds to see a UFO very close to my window. It was a large triangular craft that was stationary for about 10-15 minutes before disappearing extremely fast.”
While another said: “There was a noise coming through the vent in my bedroom and the place was vibrating - I thought the house was going to blow up! I expected a large lorry to be outside but when I looked there was a large triangular stationary object in the sky with three lights over the fields.”
The details have been released as part of a three year project between the Ministry of Defence and The National Archives.
The officer investigating the case said that one explanation could be a British Aerospace Stealth Bomber as it was reported that the company was testing stealth technology at the time.
A letter from the Ministry of Defence confirmed that there was a possibility that it could have been aircraft from the BAE plant in Warton undergoing routine tests.
More than 6,000 pages of reports released describe thousands of UFOs that have been spotted in the UK in the last 20 years.
By David Raven