“MEN in black” visited the home of a Spalding man claiming to have seen a UFO.
Figures resembling Hollywood’s MIB special agents were described in newly-released government files.
The claims were made in a ‘txtrequest’ to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on September 29, 2006, written by the friend of a man who had reported seeing a “possible alien aircraft” to the police.
In the txtrequest, the writer describes standing in the downstairs toilet and hearing the back door of the house “being tampered with”.
He said: “I silently peered through the gap in the toilet door and saw three tall men standing in the doorway.
“They were broad individuals with dark hair, wearing black suits, white shirts and black ties.
“At this point I was very scared – I thought they were robbers. I followed them as silently as possible. They were talking to my friend about something in his bedroom – I couldn’t quite hear.
“I crept away and locked myself in the bathroom. I was petrified.”
After five minutes, he came out and the men appeared to have left. He said: “I looked out of the window and saw three men leaving in what seemed to be a black Jaguar.
“I then went and asked my friend what this was all about as they appeared not to have stolen anything.
“He didn’t recall anything to do with seeing any ‘men in black’.”
The man said the experience had left him concerned for his and his friend’s safety.
He said: “I don’t know what happened but my friend is now unable to recall encountering a UFO in the first place.
“Who were these men? Were they sent by the MOD to silence my friend?”
Papers published by the National Archives reveal the thoughts of UFO desk officers tasked with getting to the bottom of “alien” sightings.
A copy of the response from the MOD to the ‘men in black’ incident was dated October 6, 2006. The man was told: “I can assure you that the MOD does not send round ‘Men in Black’ to people’s houses at any time of the day or night. There must be some other explanation for what you saw.”
The 25 files run to 6,700 pages and contain a wide range of UFO-related documents, drawings, letters and parliamentary questions from 1965 up to 2008 from across Britain.
Other sightings in Lincolnshire include a white light in the sky over The Wash on October 5, 1996, and an unidentified radar blip over Boston spotted from RAF Neatishead in Norfolk, which was the last ever field investigation by the UFO desk.
Dr David Clarke, author of The UFO Files and senior lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “These records allow us to look behind the scenes of what must have been one of the strangest jobs in Whitehall.
“We now have a fascinating insight into some of the extraordinary reports and briefings which passed over the UFO desk on a daily basis and how its officers used logic and science in their attempts to explain the unexplained.”