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Aliens ‘tried to warn US and Russia they were playing with fire during Cold War’

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Robert Hastings, a long-time UFO researcher, who collated the information, said at a press conference in Washington that “this planet is being visited by beings from another world who for whatever reason have taken an interest in the nuclear arms race”.

He claimed to have gathered witness testimony from more than 120 military personnel showing infiltration of nuclear sites. Six retired officers and one former NCO spoke of their personal experiences.

In some cases, nuclear missiles supposedly malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object hovered nearby. Although the officers produced fresh affidavits detailing their experiences, the incidents, many of them the 1960s, had previously been publicised by UFO enthusiasts. Some of them were first disclosed decades ago.

Mr Hastings stated that beings from UFOs had also tinkered with Soviet nuclear weapons and speculated that the aliens had been seeking to send “a sign to Washington and Moscow that we are playing with fire”.

Captain Robert Salas, a former US Air Force Inter-continental Ballistic Missile Launch officer, said he was on duty during one missile disruption incident at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana in 1967 when a “large glowing, pulsating red oval shaped object” hovered over the front gate.

He then noticed that the Minuteman missiles he was overseeing had shut down. “The indicators for all or nearly all 10 missiles showed as red-coloured ’fault’ lights, which meant that the missiles were disabled and could not be launched.”

He said he was ordered not to discuss the matter but was never given an explanation by his superior officers.

In another case in Britain, Colonel Charles Halt said that in 1980 he watched a UFO directing beams of light down into the RAF Bentwaters airbase near Ipswich.

His security team “observed a light that looked like a large eye, red in colour, moving through the trees”. After a few minutes “this object began dripping something that looked like molten metal. A short while later it broke into several smaller, white-coloured objects which flew away in all directions.”

Sceptics pointed out that there was a lighthouse nearby but Col Halt maintains that the objects were “extraterrestrial in origin” and that “the security services of both the US and the UK have attempted – both then and now – to subvert the significance” of what happened near Ipswich.

Tourism office makes ‘fine mess’ getting Stan Laurel birthplace wrong

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The leaflet says: “Bet you didn’t know that Bishop Auckland was the birthplace of Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known as Stan Laurel.”

Stan has a bronze statue in Bishop Auckland town centre celebrating the fact he lived there in early life after leaving Ulverston as a child, where he had been born in 1890. Stan, who became famous as one half of comedy double act Laurel and Hardy with Oliver Hardy, moved to America in 1910.

A copy of Stan’s birth certificate proving his Ulverston heritage is displayed in the Laurel and Hardy Museum.

Craig Wilson, Visit County Durham marketing manager, said it was an honest mistake, and added: “It seems that urban myth has perpetuated an error in the Bishop Auckland town visitor map.

“Stan Laurel was baptised at St Peter’s Church and schooled at King James Grammar in Bishop Auckland.

“His parents also ran the local theatre, but he was of course born in Ulverston.

“I guess Bishop Auckland is as proud of its connections with Stan as Ulverston is passionate about it being his birthplace.

“We’re obviously both trying to lay claim to some of the Laurel and Hardy magic. Hopefully this will allow us to make it clearer about Stan’s early years and allow both Ulverston and Bishop Auckland to share some of Stan’s limelight.”

Mark Greenhow, museum manager and grandson of museum founder Bill Cubin, said:

“Before anyone had really bothered to prove it, everyone presumed he was born in the North East.

“My granddad, when he was mayor in the early 70s, got a copy of the birth certificate in 1973 to finally prove he was born in Ulverston.”

The Stan Laurel Inn, in Ulverston, opened in its present form in 1976 to much publicity due to it bearing the comedian’s name.

Landlord Paul Dewar said: “It is misleading for all the people up there. We also have a copy of the birth certificate, albeit a photocopy, clearly saying Ulverston.”

Phil Ruston, Grand Sheik of the West Bromwich tent of the Sons of the Desert Laurel and Hardy fan club, said: “It’s not something to take offence to, but when it’s something major like 50,000 copies I suppose it does need clearing up.”