An amateur photographer who accidentally captured a mysterious fast-moving UFO over the skies of Belper has come forward in a bid to find answers.
Derek Manley was testing out his new digital camera by taking pictures of The Chevin from the top of Long Row.
However, it was only when he came to look at the snaps later on his computer and zoomed in that he spotted the strange object.
Now, he has decided to appeal for anyone who might be able to identify it after reading a report in the Belper News about strange lights, which were spotted over Smalley.
Mr Manley, aged 70, said: “I didn’t see the object. I was simply checking the new camera to see what it was capable of.
“I took three photo’s in quick succession and it only appears on the second one so it must have been moving so fast across the horizon.
“It was a new camera so I don’t think there were any faults.
“If you take it down to a certain resolution it does look like a classic flying saucer.
“We do get military planes coming over here every so often, but if it had been aplane I would have heard it.
“It would be great to hear from anyone who can tell what is going on in photo.
“At the time I never did anything about it. But after spotting the records in the National Archives which were released I decided to see if anyone could tell me anything about it.”
Mr Manley’s sighting was on June 3, 2006, but he has only come forward now after other UFO reports from the area were revealed.
Early in July, another person came forward on internet UFO spotting site ufostalker.com to report a hovering craft which kept changing direction in Bargate in June 2012.
At the beginning of July, we told how unexplained ball-shaped lights were seen hovering over Smalley.
The sighting was revealed in Ministry of Defence records released by the National Archives.
The reports were revealed when the MoD shut down its UFO hotline after more than 50 years faithfully recording reports.
Another sighting detailed in the files involved a low- flying craft spotted by a motorist travelling from Matlock to Carsington Water in November 2009.
In January 2010, the Belper News told how a small black sphere with legs and landing feet ‘floating’ was spotted by an 11-year-old boy while he was looking out of his windowin Pingle Lane.
Mr Manley himself has previously spotted a strange lights at the top of a hi-rise building while driving through central London.
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