Eagle-eyed student spots a 'bright UFO' hovering above the seafront just before it disappears into the night sky

AN EAGLE-eyed student spotted a "bright UFO" hovering above Devon's seafront for 10 seconds – before it spookily sped off into the night sky.

Matthew Evans, 36, snapped pics of the bizarre unidentified flying object which had four bright lights in a triangular-shaped formation.

Matthew, from Teignmouth in Devon, said he spotted the 'UFO' while looking out of his top-floor flat window.

The mature student managed to whip out his phone to take a pic – but within seconds the suspect object whizzed off into the distance.

He said that he "couldn't help but see it".

Matthew added: "My kitchen window gives a great view of the sea, so when it came across the horizon it wasn't moving like a plane would.

"It was moving a lot slower and went up and down for a bit before hovering a good 10 seconds.

"It stayed in one spot long enough for me to pull out my phone and get those snaps."

The stunned student described how the unidentified object then "quickly zoomed off at some speed and I couldn't see it anymore.

"The light was really bright. I just didn't know what it could be so I decided to take a picture.

"I'm not quite losing my marbles yet.

"But it's hard to place it so I suppose it is an unidentified flying object."

When the photos were published by Devon Live, plenty of residents had their own views on the 'UFO'.

One wit suggested that it was "probably the Ukrainian team flying across the bay", while a fellow comedian thought it looked like his "mother-in-law on her broom".

Rich Broadhead said it "could be an afterburner from a regular/military jet".

But Rob Bricknell replied: "There are four lights!"

Lucy Jane Smith posted that "I'd go with a ship over aliens in a spacecraft… that's just my guess though".

She was referring to recent stories about mind-bending photos showing ships ‘floating in the sky’ thanks to a bizarre optical illusion.

One such snap showed a massive cruise liner 'hovering in mid-air' in Lyme Bay between Devon and Dorset.

However, Devon and Cornwall are officially hot spots for UFO sightings, according to information released by the RAF in 2020.

This was backed up by the Devon and Cornwall Police, who recently revealed the number of alleged UFO or alien sighting reports in the tourist hotspot.

The force was asked in a Freedom of Information request about the number of 999 or 101 calls cops have received about alleged UFO or alien sightings from 2017, reports the Falmouth Packet.

In the past five years there have been 24 reports to the police where the caller claimed to have seen an alien or a UFO.

Police said that all but four reported UFO incidents involved people with mental health issues and were therefore not considered actual extra-terrestrial sightings.

The Sun recently revealed the top UFO sighting spots in the UK – including a mall Scottish town that gets 300 ‘visits’ a year.

The History channel has highlighted some of the top UFO sighting spots in the UK.

UFOs have been in the news a lot recently since 'leaked footage' of flying triangle shapes was confirmed to be real by the Pentagon.

And in June The Sun reported that UFOs may not be coming from space – but rather from beneath the sea.

This claim was prompted amid a string of strange encounters involving US warships.

Former cop turned investigator Gary Heseltine, vice president of the new International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research (ICER), claimed: "UFOs are often seen coming in and out of water so I suspect that in our deepest oceans and trenches we may well have alien bases.

"That sounds crazy but if you think about it we only know five per cent of ocean, we know more about the surface of the moon or Mars than our own oceans.

"So that would seem to me why UFOs are seen regularly coming in and out of water."

Mr Heseltine spent six years working with the Royal Air Force police and 24 years with the British Transport Police.

He launched a national database for UFO sightings for cops while still a serving officer in 2002 – before retiring from the force in 2013 to focus on his UFO research.

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