ALIENS were seen in the UK more than 250 times last year, it is claimed.

Abductions, sightings of little green men and spaceships were reported.

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Those said to have had close encounters with ET have been offered counselling sessions to deal with their trauma.

According to the British UFO Research Association, there were 259 alien sightings in 2021.

It reckons that five per cent of all claimed encounters are real.

But it said that although 2021 was an “interesting year”, alien and UFO sightings were down on previous years.

He said: “One of the main reasons for the huge number of sightings during 2019 were the launches of the Starlink Satellites, which, unsurprisingly produced huge numbers of reports to BUFORA, as huge numbers of these satellites moved across the sky. 

“As the public became aware of the Starlink Satellites, numbers of sighting reports decreased during 2020 with recorded sightings almost halved from 2019.”

Alien fan Chris Bonham, 56, of St Albans, Herts, said he was ’desperate’ to meet an alien, adding: “I’ve always believed in life on other planets and it’s my dream to meet an alien.

“It seems the number of sightings is dwindling, but I’m not giving up.”

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