Chalfont UFO call brings out five police officers

Chinese lanterns like this caused the UFO confusion

Joanne Collins with a Chinese lantern

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A WOMAN was "surprised" when five police officers crowded into her bedroom after she spotted mysterious lights in the sky.

Several people contacted the Bucks Free Press to say they had seen the same mysterious lights on February 14 in the Chesham area, with one man claiming they were UFOs.

Helga Jones and her daughter Alex, 20, called police after spotting the lights bursting into flames near their home in White Hart Close, Chalfont St Giles.

The 59-year-old said: “I was in bed not feeling very well when my daughter came in and told me I had to see something.

“She pulled the curtain back and we could see these flames falling from the sky.

“At first we thought it was some kind of plane or helicopter on fire, but we couldn't hear any noise, so Alex called the police.”

The pair were soon joined in the bedroom by five officers, who were trying to work out where the flaming debris had landed.

Mrs Jones added: “I couldn't believe it. It was a bit like the Keystone Cops. All I couldn't help but think it was getting a bit ridiculous.

“They were getting really into it, pulling out maps and chatting on the radio to each other trying to work out what it was and where it came down.

“They obviously didn't have much on that night.”

It was later revealed the mysterious lights were actually Chinese lanterns, which had been launched from a party by Joanne Collins.

Marianne Shaw, a spokesman for Thames Valley Police, said they had to investigate as it was reported to them as burning debris falling from the sky.

She added: “Officers were trying to work out where the debris had landed in case it was a parachute, which is why a call was put out for officers in the area to come out.”

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6:12pm Tue 10 Mar 09

Baba Ji says...

No police on the streets?

They are all in Helga's bedroom.
No police on the streets? They are all in Helga's bedroom. Baba Ji
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7:03pm Tue 10 Mar 09

ivor says...

“It was a bit like the Keystone Cops.”

Judging by the way criminals can carry out attacks and robberies on the citizens of Wycombe with such ease the Keystone Cops is a fitting description!

Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “YOUR SAY” link at the top of the page then click on “BLOGS”.
“It was a bit like the Keystone Cops.” Judging by the way criminals can carry out attacks and robberies on the citizens of Wycombe with such ease the Keystone Cops is a fitting description! Have you read Ivor’s blog today? Click on the “YOUR SAY” link at the top of the page then click on “BLOGS”. ivor
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8:36pm Tue 10 Mar 09

Shelley61 says...

'in case it was a parachute'?! My first thought wouldbe lanterns-who on earth would think there was a parachute on fire?! And for that matter how do you set a parachute on fire?!
'in case it was a parachute'?! My first thought wouldbe lanterns-who on earth would think there was a parachute on fire?! And for that matter how do you set a parachute on fire?! Shelley61
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8:54pm Tue 10 Mar 09

sportsturf says...

absolutely pathetic....it takes 5 plod officers to investigate this ...but i couldnt get 1 to attend the theft of a £2600 trailer even with a neighbours CCTV footage of the incident....makes me sick...this town and country is going down the bog rapidly....
absolutely pathetic....it takes 5 plod officers to investigate this ...but i couldnt get 1 to attend the theft of a £2600 trailer even with a neighbours CCTV footage of the incident....makes me sick...this town and country is going down the bog rapidly.... sportsturf
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8:55pm Tue 10 Mar 09

Observer of says...

Shelley61 - I think you jump, pull the ripcord and then strike a match! :-)
Shelley61 - I think you jump, pull the ripcord and then strike a match! :-) Observer of
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8:56pm Tue 10 Mar 09

Bloke from says...

Was this not reported last week?
Was this not reported last week? Bloke from
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11:02pm Tue 10 Mar 09

wierdo says...

Yeah - this was reported last week, but apparently the police have only just left the bedroom having performed a thorough investigation.

As for the trailer investigation, you know next time to report it as "Another Distraction Burgulary: Trailer stolen by aliens in UFO's whilst ET distracted residents practicing x-factor audition on CCTV...."

...or something like that...
Yeah - this was reported last week, but apparently the police have only just left the bedroom having performed a thorough investigation. As for the trailer investigation, you know next time to report it as "Another Distraction Burgulary: Trailer stolen by aliens in UFO's whilst ET distracted residents practicing x-factor audition on CCTV...." ...or something like that... wierdo
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11:13pm Tue 10 Mar 09

bmkfa0369 says...

Plane or helicopter on fire so you called them. Little wonder they sent 5 police officers and got the maps out.Serious call I think. And I am sure they had plenty to do that night its just we dont know there job.
Plane or helicopter on fire so you called them. Little wonder they sent 5 police officers and got the maps out.Serious call I think. And I am sure they had plenty to do that night its just we dont know there job. bmkfa0369
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11:37pm Tue 10 Mar 09

The Judge says...

THERE ARE A LOT OF LITTLE GREEN MEN WITH LONG FINGERS AND BULGING EYES. THINK THEY ARE CALLED COUNCILLORS. BULGING POCKETS FROM THE BONUSES AND PAY RISES AND WITH THAT EVIL GRIN - LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE ICE-BANK WITH OUR MONEY.
HA HA HA.

THERE ARE A LOT OF LITTLE GREEN MEN WITH LONG FINGERS AND BULGING EYES. THINK THEY ARE CALLED COUNCILLORS. BULGING POCKETS FROM THE BONUSES AND PAY RISES AND WITH THAT EVIL GRIN - LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE ICE-BANK WITH OUR MONEY. HA HA HA. The Judge
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11:39pm Tue 10 Mar 09

The Judge says...

THE JUDGE THINKS IVOR IS AN ALIEN.
HAVE YOU READ HIS ALIEN BLOG?
THE JUDGE THINKS IVOR IS AN ALIEN. HAVE YOU READ HIS ALIEN BLOG? The Judge
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11:44pm Tue 10 Mar 09

Steve Totteridge Hill says...

I can't even get them interested in the No.33's using the pavement as apart of the road... Perhaps if I say I saw ET driving the bus???

Gone are the days when common sense prevailed...come on global warming we deserve to be wiped out!
I can't even get them interested in the No.33's using the pavement as apart of the road... Perhaps if I say I saw ET driving the bus??? Gone are the days when common sense prevailed...come on global warming we deserve to be wiped out! Steve Totteridge Hill
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9:02am Wed 11 Mar 09

Plus ça change... says...


I bet at least 3 of them were cardboard cutouts!



I bet at least 3 of them were cardboard cutouts! Plus ça change...
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3:57pm Wed 11 Mar 09

Bloke from says...

* No comment

(All my funny comments were on lasts weeks article)
* No comment (All my funny comments were on lasts weeks article) Bloke from
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5:04pm Wed 11 Mar 09

TRW says...

Useless police! Like the other contributor Sportsturf I presented the police with concrete evidence of a hit and run, with the other driver admitting guilt. No interest from the police at all, they told me as long as the damage was paid for then they would take no action.
Shocking
Useless police! Like the other contributor Sportsturf I presented the police with concrete evidence of a hit and run, with the other driver admitting guilt. No interest from the police at all, they told me as long as the damage was paid for then they would take no action. Shocking TRW
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11:26pm Wed 11 Mar 09

678 says...

lol they are from that Mekong shop in Marlow, they have them in their window!!!!
lol they are from that Mekong shop in Marlow, they have them in their window!!!! 678
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10:58am Thu 12 Mar 09

Plus ça change... says...

Bloke from wrote:
* No comment (All my funny comments were on lasts weeks article)

Bloke, is that a 'cop out'?

[quote][p][bold]Bloke from[/bold] wrote: * No comment (All my funny comments were on lasts weeks article)[/p][/quote] Bloke, is that a 'cop out'? Plus ça change...
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