A WINCHESTER City councillor has claimed that extra terrestrial beings are secretly walking the planet.

Adrian Hicks, pictured above, made the revelation during a 27- minute recorded speech in which he addressed an organisation called ‘Majestic’.

The 52-year-old Liberal Democrat claims the group of scientists, military officers and politicians were tasked with making contact with “technologically advanced”

aliens following an alleged UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.

Now the councillor is calling for the “un-elected” group, which he says has links to both the UK and US governments, to come clean and tell the public about the existence of aliens.

Cllr Hicks, who claimed to have had a close encounter with an alien in Winchester’s High Street in 2004, said addressing the group was the very reason he became an elected councillor.

Cllr Hicks, of Granville Place, Wharf Hill, said: “Majestic’s success in protecting mankind from the shock that we are far from alone in the universe has been completely successful.

“For the last 60 years the subject has been shrouded in secrecy.“ An organisation that started small but is now colossal, it’s dilemma is when to formally announce that extra terrestrial contact has been established.

“For once it has been formally stated we will, whether we like it or not, have moved into a completely new era.”

During his speech entitled Judgement and Democracy, Cllr Hicks claimed that contact had been established with numerous extra terrestrial visitors, “some benevolent, some not”. The podium was adorned with a Liberal Democrat poster.

He also said technology such as lasers, fibre optic silicon chips and nano technology, have been “reverse engineered” from crashed alien crafts during the last 50 years.

An orthopaedic technician in the A&E department at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital for some 35 years, Cllr Hicks won a place for the Liberal Democrats on the city council in 2007 in the St John and All Saints ward, that covers Highcliffe, St Giles Hill, Bar End and Winnall.

Cllr Kelsie Learney, Lib Dem group leader, said: “Adrian is an excellent councillor and works really hard for his constituents.

“His UFO beliefs are his beliefs and have nothing to do with the Liberal Democrats.”