STRANGE sightings in the sky and unidentified flying objects have been spotted across Colchester.

The sightings were made in the same week the National Archive released a series of Government UFO files.

Steve Woods, of Prettygate, was at home one morning when he saw something which was travelling “with the breeze across the sky”.

He said: “It looks like it was a huge balloon which had broken free and was caught in streams of air across the sky.”

That evening, a resident in Victoria Road spotted something described as “twice as big as the sun and fiery on all the edges”.

And another resident, Mr Whitehouse, was sitting outside with his family on Tuesday, when he saw a strange object.

He said: “We saw this round disk in the sky. It had so many lights on it I was shocked. It wasn’t a plane.

“It stood still in the air, then looked like it was landing in the field.

“I ran out the back to take a photo, but when I got out back it was gone.

“I will never forget what I saw. This was no Chinese lantern. It was some kind of ship, but I’m not sure what.”