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Glasgow City Council hasn’t welcomed any aliens, but Strathclyde Police reports suggest they are already here

Peaceful green alien

Clearing out some old links I never got around to using, I noticed that two seemed to belong together, even though they were originally unrelated and published at different times.

Back in November 2012, a Freedom of Information request was reported to have found that Strathclyde Police (as the police for the area were then known before the single service was created)answered 144 calls regarding alien sightings and paranormal activity during the previous five years, which included reports of Martians, alien abductions, and zombies in the streets.region.

From April 2007 to March 2012, callers reported:

  • 79 ghosts
  • 34 aliens
  • 8 general paranormal activity
  • 6 witches and warlocks
  • 16 UFO sightings
  • 1 zombie outbreak

Callers claimed to have seen aliens in their home or garden, with one claiming that a ghost had robbed him, another who witnessed ghosts in a funeral parlour, and one who threatened to ‘do in’ ghosts haunting him while he was calling in his complaint to the police.

Via Strathclyde Police answered 144 call-outs on ghosts and aliens in last five years, FoI request shows – Odd – Scotsman.com

However, despite these police reports which suggest a number of aliens (and others) are already wandering around Scotland, none of then have officially arrived, or responded to Glasgow City Council’s generous offer of a “warm and peaceful” welcome in the city.

A Freedom of Information request from a member of the public asked:

As mankind continues to advance and head out into the stars we are undoubtedly going to attract the attention of whatever lifeforms are out there. I’m curious to know what provisions have been put in place for our inevitable encounter.

Responding for the council, Dr Kenneth Meechan said:

The legal framework regarding making contact with extraterrestrial lifeforms is not entirely clear.

He added that it was unlikely Glasgow would be the aliens first point of contact, whether it be over radio or in person.

Speaking to the Herald, he said:

The general consensus in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence community is that contact is most likely to be made through radio communication, since faster-than-light travel remains in the realms of fiction and it would take an improbably long time to travel between the stars at sub-light speed.

The council does not own or control any radio telescopes, so we do not expect to pick up any signals from space. One of our secondary schools has a large aerial of unknown providence, but if this is capable of acting as a radio telescope, we are not presently using it.

If, contrary to this expectation, first contact is through a landing on earth, we note that Glasgow covers around 0.008% of the world’s population and 0.00003% of the total surface of the earth 0.00012% of the land area. On a purely statistical basis, we therefore consider it unlikely that aliens, should they land on earth in the next five years, will initially land in Glasgow.

He went on to emphasise that the “warm and peaceful” welcome was made to any (non-hostile) alien visitors who might want to include Glasgow on their list of places to visit.

Via Aliens would receive a ‘warm and peaceful’ welcome from Glasgow | News | Glasgow | STV

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