An unidentified flying object is reported to have "attacked" a police helicopter over Cardiff, Wales, earlier this month.
The helicopter pilots reported seeing a flying disc edged by lights. The official report on cited an incident with an "unusual aircraft" :
"The pilot banked sharply to avoid being hit, then launched into a high-speed pursuit," the tabloid reported.
"But he was forced to give up the chase as the helicopter's fuel ran low - and the UFO escaped."
The helicopter crew had described the object as "flying saucer-shaped and circled by flashing lights," it added.
That description was rather more dramatic than the official police version, which said: "South Wales Police can confirm its air support unit sighted an unusual aircraft."
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said...."it is certainly not advisable for police helicopters to go chasing what they think are UFOs."