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Undated handout photo issued by The National Archives of a photograph apparently showing a "UFO" by Stonehenge, Wiltshire, January 2009 “Discoid” shapes were spotted in photographs of Stonehenge, according to the files

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The Ministry of Defence closed its UFO desk because it served “no defence purpose” and was taking staff away from “more valuable defence-related activities”, newly released files show.

The desk was closed in December 2009 despite a surge in reported sightings.

The disclosure came in National Archives files relating to reports of UFOs – Unidentified Flying Objects – between 2007 and November 2009.

They show UFOs were reported at several UK landmarks, including Stonehenge.

‘No benefit’

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