On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source – FSR Vol 23 No 6.
0230 hours. January. Location - Cononley, Skipton in North Yorkshire. Uniformed officers PS TONY DODD and PC ALAN DALE were travelling in a marked police vehicle when they observed a dome shaped circular UFO in the vicinity of Cononley near Skipton, North Yorkshire. They saw it at close proximity at an altitude of 100 feet moving silently over fields. The object passed directly over the police car. Portholes could be seen on the upper dome part of the craft and there were three spheres protruding from its underside. As they continued to watch the object was seen to go over a hill as if to land. They did investigate but found no sign of the object. Soon they were joined by another officer in a marked vehicle who confirmed he too had witnessed the UFO from a different geographical position. Checks were made with Manchester Airport radar but proved negative. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 3 Officers. Source - Alien Investigator by Tony Dodd, Headline Publishing Books 1999. Pages 7-10.
Late evening. Mid May. Location – Lewisham, London. Two uniformed Metropolitan Police officers watched a yellow coloured UFO for 20 minutes over Coldbath Street, Lewisham. The officers stated that the object was six times brighter than any star as they observed the UFO through cloud. Several reports were made the same evening by members of the public. Checks were made with Heathrow Airport and nothing was on their radar to account for the object. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source – BUFORA Vol 6 No6. July/August 1978.
April 1978. Location: Farnborough, Kent. Initially reported by a member of the public a uniformed police officer, PC ALAN CRAGGS attended his home and was amazed to see the UFO for himself. He described it as being 20-30 feet above him with wings like fins on a dolphin. He could not identify the object. The object had been seen in the sky for over forty minutes prior to the officer’s arrival at the scene. It is interesting to note that the original civilian witness had served with the Royal Observer Corp and that PC CRAGGS himself had served in the RAF Police and was fully aware of aircraft characteristics. He said, “I’ve been in the Air Force, I know what an aircraft looks like at night.” UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source – Irene Bott archive.
0300 hours. 1978. Location – Chiltern, near Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire. Two uniformed officers, PC ERIC RAYMENT and a Special Constable were parked up talking to another uniformed officer when they observed a brilliant light going Northwest. After a few seconds it disappeared from view only to reappear a short time later a half mile from their location. The object was travelling at a slow speed at an altitude of 500 feet. No noise was heard. The light was described as the size of a football field. As the UFO slowly passed over the landscape the officers observed several smaller lights flying around the main object. They watched the UFO for approximately five minutes before they literally disappeared before their eyes. During the sighting the officers used their police radio (VHF) to contact Kiddlington Police Headquarters. They were asked to give a description of the object over the air knowing that the details would automatically be recorded in the Control Room. PC Rayment made a full pocket book entry and completed a sketch of the UFO. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 3 Officers. Source – Eric Rayment/PRUFOS.
2135 hours. 06/08/78. Location – Billingshurst, London. Following a number of reports from members of the public, Horsham Police dispatched a marked police vehicle to the Billingshurst area. On arrival PC PAGE observed a triangular shaped UFO hovering motionless in the sky as clouds passed by it. After a short period the object departed in a Westerly direction. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source – FSR Vol 24 No 6.
0300 hours. Location – Halifax, West Yorkshire. Two uniformed police officers in a marked vehicle observed a bright light pass over their location at Southowram, high above Halifax. The UFO came to a silent hover above the Savile Park area of the town. They observed other officers watching the same object from the latter location. They watched the object for between 20-30 minutes until it suddenly increased its size many times over before moving away at speed. The sighting was officially reported to Divisional Police Headquarters in Halifax and a number of the officers involved received visits from members of the MOD. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 4 Officers. Source – PRUFOS/CONFIDENTIAL.
October 1978. Location – Denbigh, North Wales. PC NEVILLE HUGHES and two uniformed colleagues (one of who was a sergeant) observed a UFO whilst in the grounds of North Wales Hospital in Denbigh. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 3 Officers. Source – FSR Vol 25 No 2 Mar/Apr 79.
1530 hours. Sunday. Late October 1978. Location – B4011 Oakley to Long Crendon road, Buckinghamshire. As PC ERIC RAYMENT was driving a marked police vehicle between Oakley to Long Crendon he observed a series of lights, equally spaced in a horizontal row above the village of Long Crendon. He described seeing six to eight lights, 100 yards apart at an altitude of 1000 feet. He initially thought it was the ‘Red Arrows’ Air display team and stopped to look at them. However he soon realized that it was not them and watched the lights for several minutes. The lights remained fixed in the sky and did not appear to be getting closer to his position. The lights seemed to tilt from side to side in the sky whilst hanging motionless. He then drove in the direction of the objects but by the time he got to their location they were gone. By chance the next day he was in the village when he saw a shop owner and mentioned the lights. The shopkeeper stated she had seen a long cylindrical UFO over the village at the same time as his sighting. She described the object as having a series of equally spaced lights on its length. She said that the object literally disappeared before her eyes after viewing it for approximately one minute. The officer did not report the sighting for fear of ridicule. UFO CLASSIFICATION – DD (DAYLIGHT DISC). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source – Eric Rayment/PRUFOS.
0230 hours. January. Location - A65 Skipton to Gargrave road, North Yorkshire. Two on duty uniformed officers, PS TONY DODD and an unnamed officer were travelling in a marked vehicle on their way to meet another police vehicle to exchange internal mail. There was a heavy coating of snow on the ground and the driving conditions were dangerous. They drove over the brow of a hill to see below and to their left a bright light in the distance. Initially thinking it was a house they soon realized the light was in an empty field that they’d passed by many times in the course of their duties. The object was stationary for a moment before slowly moving across the wintry landscape. The object was dome shaped with a white light that appeared to be coming from some kind of window structure. Forms part of a series of sightings by the principal named officer. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT) On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source - Alien Investigator by Tony Dodd. Headline Publishing Books 1999. Pages 20-21.
Late evening. 25/01/79. Location – Denbigh, North Wales. PC NEVILLE HUGHES observed a UFO after responding to a call from a Denbigh family. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT).
On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source – FSR V25 No 2 Mar/Apr 79.
2045 hours. 26/01/79. Location – Denbigh, North Wales. A member of the public, Keith Jones was about to go into the restaurant where he worked near Denbigh when he observed a UFO at an altitude of 100-150 feet. He went inside and asked his employer to go outside and look at the object. They watched a stunning aerial display by the UFO for several minutes before calling the police. A short time later two uniformed police officers, PC BERWYN JONES and PC NEVILLE HUGHES arrived at the scene where they too witnessed the UFO. The object was disc shaped with a dome underneath. There was no noise and it was described at being too low and too bright to be an aircraft. The object was last seen heading in the direction of Ruthin. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source FSR Volume 25 No 2 Mar/Apr 79.
Location - Luton, Bedfordshire. Two on duty uniformed police officers observed a UFO at close proximity whereby one of the officer’s clothing was scorched/burned. The reporting officer is still too reluctant to release any other details at present but has retained the relevant clothing. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE2 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 2ND KIND). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source - Confidential (PRUFOS) Database.
0300 hours. Location – Todmorden, West Yorkshire. A uniformed police officer was parked up in a layby when he observed a bright light that suddenly began to perform a series of spectacular angular manoeuvres for approximately 5-10 seconds before disappearing at speed from view. No noise was heard during the observation period. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source – PRUFOS/CONFIDENTIAL.
Late 1979. Location – Dumfries, Scotland. Five uniformed officers were involved in a sighting of multi-coloured UFO that was seen to hover over the town of Dumfries, Scotland. Later at a press conference two of the officers involved, Sergeant BILL McDAVID and PC JAMES SMITH spoke about their experiences. PS McDAVID said that he drove to within a mile of the object. He described it as being longer than an aircraft and hovering at an altitude of only 500 feet. He described the shape of the UFO as being similar to that of an airship with five or six white lights shining from six different areas of the craft. PC SMITH said, “I never believed in UFOs up to now. It was raining at the time and the cloud base was very low.” The UFO remained in a stationery position for around 20 minutes until it vanished over the hill to the west of the town. Several members of the public also reported seeing the UFO. Checks with the Glasgow Weather Centre proved negative as they could not explain the configuration of the lights as described by the witnesses. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 5 Officers. Source—The World’s Greatest UFO Mysteries Page 122. Hamlyn.
0325 hours. Friday 30/11/79. Location – Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Two uniformed officers, PC PHILIP MOORCROFT and PC ANNE-LOUISE BROWNE observed a brightly lit UFO whilst on mobile patrol in the area of Long Lane, Rickmansworth. A mile away in another marked police vehicle PC GARY MAHONEY and PC MARK CHAPMAN also observed the same object whilst in the area of Commongate Road, Chorleywood Bottom. At 0530 hours two more uniformed officers, one of whom was PC DAVID SHEPHERD, in another vehicle, observed a cigar shaped UFO from Berry Lane, Mill End. Checks were made with RAF West Drayton but nothing was shown on radar. Later all six officers gave a press conference about their observations. A newspaper put forward the theory that the object was nothing but a weather balloon. However a local journalist, Florence Scott went back to see the officers for their views on this idea and found that all of them were highly indignant at such a suggestion! UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 6 Officers. Source – FSR Vol 30 No 3.
Early hours. Late 70’s or early 80’s. Location – Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Five on duty uniformed officers, which included a police sergeant and two police vehicles, attended an alarm activation at a warehouse outside the above town. As they awaited a keyholder to arrive, several of the officers observed a bright light hovering stationary above a nearby railway line. Initially the officers thought the light was from railway workers doing maintenance. However they soon realised that they could not hear any sound coming from it. The object was no more than 200 yards from their location at the time of the incident. Curious several of the officers begin to approach its location only for the UFO to rise into the sky and move away. On police vehicle set off in pursuit of the object but in vain. The incident lasted 30 minutes in duration. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 5 Officers. Source – PRUFOS/CONFIDENTIAL.
Late Seventies. Location: Laisterdyke, Bradford, West Yorkshire. An on duty senior police officer, CHIEF SUPERINDENDENT COOPER of the West Yorkshire Police was on mobile when he observed a bright silver light that he initially thought was a star. It was low in the sky visible above the rooftops on Ferrand Avenue at the junction with Hambleton Avenue. As he continued to watch the object over the rooftops it suddenly disappeared. He contacted police operations to see if there had been any other sightings but there had been none. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source – Freedom of Information Act.
70s DATE UNKNOWN
Late 70s. Hull. Humberside. An on duty uniformed police officer on mobile patrol observed a stationary bright light above the Springbank area of Hull. He then observed the object as it darted to another position above the Botanic Crossing where it was seen to and stop and hover. Intrigued the officer wound down the window of his vehicle to listen for noise but there was none. At one point he stopped the vehicle when he recognised an off duty police officer also looking up at the object. The object was seen for approximately 30 seconds before it suddenly accelerated out of sight. A report was officially sent by telex to the MOD. Two Officers. On/Off duty sighting. Source: PRUFOS.
Early 1980’s. London. This case involved the METPOL helicopter that was based at that time at the London heliport in Battersea. The crew comprised of a civilian pilot and a uniformed police officer acting as a spotter. On this day the helicopter took off and was flying along an air corridor known as H2 and 10. When it was north of Kew Bridge the pilot suddenly reported an airmiss with what he initially thought had been a model aircraft. The on board radar detected that the object was in fact circling the helicopter at close proximity to it! The pilot came back on the air and said that it was not a model aircraft but a UFO. Everyone in the ATC began to listen intently to what the pilot was describing. He went onto to describe the object as a grey metallic disc approximately 3-4 feet in diameter. He then asked could he follow the object which as began to descend toward the ground over a railway goods yard. He was given permission to do so. He then reported that the object was performed incredible feats of manoeuvreability as it darted around the goods yard. It was able to hover, rise vertically and make right angled turns! At one point the object hovered above a man walking his dog who was oblivious to the fact that it was over him inferring that the object was silent as well. Eventually the object suddenly rose vertically into the air at a very fast rate to an altitude of 3500 feet where it disappeared into cloud.UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND)On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source: PRUFOS Police Database.
25/12/1980. 2118 hours. Oxford, Oxfordshire. Two on duty uniformed police officers (PS and PC) observed four white tubular shaped objects against a clear sky as they moved in a west to east direction whilst stood at the rear of St Aldates police station in Oxford. The altitude of the objects were estimated to be at an altitude of 1000 feet and moving silently at a speed of 150 mph. Two Officers. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.
25/12/1980.2107 hours. Patcham, London. An on duty uniformed police officer observed what he described as five slow moving rockets as they passed directly over his position in a clear sky above Patcham in London. One Officer. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.
27/09/1980. 2115 hours. Rutherglen, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Following several sightings by members of the public three on duty uniform police officers – PC FLETCHER, PC KERR and PC CALLAN - observed a stationary pear shaped UFO in the clear sky above Rutherglen in Glasgow. It was observed for approximately 15 minutes at a 45 degree angle to the ground. The sighting was reported to Prestwick ATC. Three Officers. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.
26/09/1980. 0030 hours. Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland.
Three on duty uniformed police officers observed a very bright white
light from their location outside the police station in Livingston. The
object was estimated to be one mile from their location. They described
that the UFO initially travelled on a northerly path before it turned to
go in a westerly direction. It was cloudy and the object was beneath
the cloud base. The duration of the sighting was 5-6 minutes and was
reported to RAF Leuchars. Three Officers. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.
26/09/1980. 0455 hours. Leeds, West Yorkshire. An on duty uniformed police officer on mobile patrol (PC BLACK) observed a bright white light in the sky above Leeds whilst driving on Selby Road. He briefly stopped the vehicle to get a better look and estimated it to be travelling at an altitude of 1000/2000 feet. He then followed the object in his police vehicle until the object suddenly rose vertically into the sky and out of sight. One Officer. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.
23/09/1980. 2000 hours. Bishop Auckland, County Durham. An on duty uniformed police officer called PC EBERT observed a cone shaped UFO silently hovering in the sky over Bishop Auckland. The officer noted that there appeared to be some sort of spoke marks on the base of the object. The object was then seen to pass over the Newgate, Spennymoor and Crook areas of County Durham. One Officer. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.
23/09/1980. 0500 hours. Thorne, South Yorkshire. An on duty uniformed police traffic officer on mobile patrol was parked on the M62, south of the village of Snaith, when he observed a light that intermittently flashed green, red and white as it moved from a southerly direction toward the town of Thorne. There was good visibility with clear skies. Several other vehicles stopped on the motorway to observe the UFO. One Officer. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.
19/09/1980. 0525 hours. Addlestone, Surrey. Two on duty uniformed police officers on mobile patrol observed a very bright white light moving between scattered cloud going east to west as it passed over the Addlestone area of Surrey. They believed that the light was going to crash to the ground at one point but later checks proved negative. The officers estimated that the object was approximately two miles from their location. Two Officers. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.
11/08/1980. London. Three on duty uniformed police officers observed a UFO that hovered over the Houses of Commons for 30 minutes. It was also observed by several MPs on the Commons Terrace. Several motorists also stopped to watch the object which was described by one of the officers as ‘spinning, shimmering and with flashing lights.’ The incident was reported to the MOD and a Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed the incident. Three Officers. On duty sighting. Source: Altringham Guardian newspaper 12/08/1980.
06/09/1980. 0230 hours. Llanfoint/Abergaveny, Gwent. An experienced on duty uniformed traffic officer on mobile patrol observed a bright light in the clear night sky over the Llanfoint/Abergaveny areas of Gwent. It was described as an overgrown light shade with a flat top and bottom. At one point he stopped and looked at it using binoculars. The officer estimated the UFO to be at an altitude of 200-500 feet altitude and was last observed moving in a south westerly direction. One Officer. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.17/09/1980.2000 hours. Hull, Humberside. An on duty uniformed police officer observed a red and white revolving round object hovering silently above the Craven Park football ground in Hull. The officer saw the object moving in a south easterly direction against a clear sky at an angle of 45 degrees to the ground and an approximately altitude of 4000-7000 feet and for four minutes in duration. One Officer. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.December. 1645 hours. Location – Hexham, Northumberland. Following several reports by members of the public who described as many as 12-13 lights in the sky above Hexham, PC KEITH BOTTOMLEY also observed the UFOs. He witnessed approximately 8-10 lights moving high across the sky. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source: Newcastle Evening Chronicle 31/12/80.
November. 0245 hours. Location – Taunton, Somerset. A police inspector observed a strange light in the sky over the Henlade area of Taunton. He described the object as a series of blue and white lights. Later Bridgewater police observed an object moving south to north in the direction of the Bristol Channel. Checks with the coastguard were negative. Later ATC West Drayton confirmed that an object had been detected briefly on radar at the approximate time of the sightings. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL/RC (NOCTURNAL LIGHT/RADAR CONFIRMATION). On Duty sighting. 3 Officers. Source: Sunday Independent 25/11/80.
December. 0200 hours. Monday. Location – Ilkeston, Derbyshire. Two on duty uniformed officers, a male and female, observed a strange light travelling east to west above Boyah Farm, Dale Abbey, Ilkeston. The light was at a low altitude against a clear sky. They described it as a bright green oval shaped object with a white tail. The officers saw it for about five seconds before the UFO disappeared from view. The officers reported the sighting to Ilkeston police station who informed Derbyshire police HQ at Ripley. Enquiries with Manchester Airport proved negative. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: Derby Evening Telegraph 02/01/80.
Christmas 1980. Location - Skirlaugh, Hull, Lincolnshire. Following reports by several CB radio enthusiasts’ two police officers, one male, one female, attended a local quarry where they observed a UFO descend into it. The female officer was very traumatised by the incident. Interestingly it is believed that a senior Humberside Police officer had meetings with his Suffolk counterparts within days of the Rendlesham Forest sightings over the same period of Christmas 1980.UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: PRUFOS Database/Confidential.
30/08/80. 0135 hours. Location - Dumfries, Scotland. A PC SMITH and five other uniformed officers plus several members of the public observed a cigar shaped UFO with a series of lights over Dumfries, Scotland. The case was reported to the MOD.UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 6 Officers. Source: PRUFOS Database/MOD.
0400 Hours. 13/09/80. Location – Manchester Area, Greater Manchester. Two uniformed officers in a marked vehicle followed a UFO as it flew over the Manchester area. Manchester Airport confirmed to the RAF that they had a track of the object that mirrored the estimations of direction of travel and height made by the police officers. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL/RC (NOCTURNAL LIGHT/RADAR CONFIRMED). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: Declassified RAF file.
Mid December 1980. Location. North Yorkshire. A total of five uniformed on duty police officers observed a UFO over Yorkshire that was recorded on three separate radar stations. Four of the officers followed the object in two marked police vehicles for several miles as it flew over the landscape before disappearing from view.UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL/RC (NOCTURNAL LIGHT/RADAR CONFIRMED)On Duty sighting. 5 Officers. Source: Yorkshire Post 19/12/80.
Late evening. 15/09/80. Location – Wetherby to York, Yorkshire.Two uniformed officers first observed the object in the vicinity of Wetherby traveling at an altitude of 2000 feet. No noise was heard. The officers followed the object in their police vehicle. Over Wetherby the UFO was seen to change direction heading towards York. Alerted by the West Yorkshire Police two officers of the North Yorkshire Police, PC ROY ALLEN and PC RICHARD GORDON, waited to pick up the UFO. PC Allen later said, “We were waiting on the York bypass when suddenly we saw it. The light stopped moving and hovered in the sky for some time. Eventually it moved off in the direction of Hull.” Police made checks at a number of RAF bases but could not find a satisfactory answer.A senior officer at York said, “There is nothing more we can do. It has been logged as a UFO. On duty sighting. 5 Officers. Source – FSR Vol 26 No 4. Nov 1980. *Possible explanation – The above case is one of the first investigations carried by Graham Birdsall and Mark Birdsall. They interviewed many of the people involved. A scientist later stated that the object seen was the planet Venus. In addition a number of photographs were taken by a Scene of Crime Officer that appeared to support the Venus theory. However I have examined the statements of several of the officers concerned and they are very specific about there being a definite change of direction over Wetherby. In addition the altitude quoted by some of the officers is only 2000 feet and the object was followed in a police vehicle for several miles. Given these specific descriptions I believe this one is still up for debate.
0400 hours. 29/11/80 (22/11/80). Location – Moors near Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Three West Yorkshire uniformed police officers, PC JOHN PORTER, PC HOWARD TURNPENNY, PC JULIE BAXTER and a fourth officer were high on the moors looking for stolen motor cycles when they observed a blue coloured UFO making a series of angular turns low across the valley. The object jerked from one side of the valley to the other and was last seen heading in the direction of Todmorden. This was officially reported by telex to West Yorkshire HQ in Wakefield. This sighting links to the Alan Godfrey case. Following an FOI request I received information that stated this sighting actually took place a week earlier than is generally accepted however when I have spoken to PC JOHN PORTER he was certain that it was on the same night as the Godfrey sighting. On Duty sighting. 3 Officers. Source – PRUFOS Police Database.
July 1980. Location: Littleborough, West Yorkshire. Two uniformed police officers, PC STEPHEN HOWARTH and PC CHRIS FERNHEAD had left Littleborough police station in a vehicle bound for Todmorden four miles away. Prior to leaving the police station the building had been experiencing a series of fluctuations in the electrical power supply. Enquiries with the Electricity Board had revealed no known faults to the power supply. Later as they drove along Nayland Moor between Littleborough and Todmorden the officers saw a hat shaped UFO beside two electricity pylons. The object appeared to be rotating and changing colour from yellow to bluish white and then back again to yellow. The object slowly began to rise into the sky. At the same time the officers began to hear radio transmissions from the South Wales police approximately 200 miles away when normally the radio would only be 20-30 miles! The officers then observed a second object to the North that was identical to the first. Both objects began to rise into the sky and at 0430 hours they were out of sight as they moved off at speed to Denshaw. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL/EM (NOCTURNAL LIGHT/ELECTRO MAGNETIC EFFECTS). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source – Yorkshire Evening Post.11/07/80. June 1980. 2245 hours. Location: Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Following a report by a member of the public a uniform police officer attended a Pontefract home where he viewed a UFO through the witnesses’ binoculars. Eventually up to eight police officers (including some in plain clothes) arrived at the home to see the object that was described as a spherical bright light surrounded by a red glow with blue and green lights. Checks with radar proved negative.UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT) On Duty sighting. 8 Officers. Source – Daily Mirror. 0500-0550 hours. 29/11/1980 Location - Todmorden, West Yorkshire. An on duty uniformed police officer, PC ALAN GODFREY was making one last sweep of an housing estate looking for a number of cows that had been seen roaming loose in the area before going off his night shift. As he was about to turn right off Burnley Road, Todmorden he looked up the road to see what he initially thought was a bus slew across the road. However almost immediately he realised it wasn’t a bus and decided to investigate what it was. Instead of turning right he went straight on toward the object. When he approached he saw that it was a diamond shaped UFO hovering in a stationary position five feet above the road. He was within 20-50 feet of the craft. He described the object as being 20 feet wide and 14 feet high with windows on the top part whilst the bottom part rotated anticlockwise. Shocked and frightened he attempted to contact his local police control via the vehicle’s radio set but it would not function nor would his personal radio. Whilst sat in the car he decided to sketch the object in front of him. Moments later a bizarre thing happened and he suddenly found himself driving down the same road approximately 50-100 yards further on with the object having disappeared. Puzzled and shaken by the experience he drove back towards Todmorden Police station where he saw a colleague on foot patrol. He picked him up and drove him back to the scene of his encounter. There they found a circular patch in the road where the road was drier (there had been some overnight rain) than the surrounding area. PC GODFREY stated that the rotation of the craft had caused nearby trees and bushes to shake. Leaves and branches had formed a circular pattern where PC GODFREY claimed the UFO had been. Only hours later did it emerge that he had suffered a period of ‘missing time’ of approximately 15-20 minutes which he couldn’t account for at the end of his shift. Interestingly one of his boots had sustained a split under his foot that hadn’t been there earlier in the shift. Where it had been he found a red mark on his foot that developed into an irritating rash. This later required minor medical treatment and persisted for several days after the incident. Unable to satisfactorily account for the period of missing time he was eventually persuaded to undergo hypnotic regression in an effort to solve the mystery. What emerged over a series of four such sessions was that of an ‘alien abduction’ scenario which is widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest cases. Under hypnosis he recalled that he had got out of the police vehicle to get a better look at the object, however an intense white light had enveloped him which frightened him he sought the sanctuary of the police car. He then found in a room lying on a table with a number of small ‘bulb’ head figures holding him down. A taller ‘humanoid’ figure came and telepathically communicated with him. Moments later he found himself back in the police vehicle driving along the road, which is where his conscious memories begin. To this day he does not have any conscious memories of the abduction scenario and finds it difficult to comprehend himself. Although the story sounds bizarre, part corroboration for the sighting came in the guise of three other Halifax based officers who were out on the moors only an hour or so prior to PC GODFREY’s encounter. This case links to the above named case. In addition a member of the public saw a similar coloured object in the town itself minutes prior to the GODFREY sighting. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE3 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 3RD KIND). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source - Alan Godfrey, during a number of personal interviews with him during 2002.
0510-0550 hours. 29/11/80. Location – Littleborough, near Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Two on duty uniformed traffic officers were parked up in a pub car park when they observed a very bright UFO low on the horizon. The object was last seen heading in the direction of Todmorden. This case links to the Alan Godfrey case. The officers contacted Alan Godfrey approximately one year after his sighting. They would not come forward publicly fearing ridicule. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT) On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source – Alan Godfrey/PRUFOS.
Late evening. Location – Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.Whilst on night duty two uniformed officers observed a UFO. The officers gave chase in their police vehicle. The chase took place between the villages of Luddenden and Sowerby Bridge. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source – PRUFOS/CONFIDENTIAL.
17/09/1980. 2000 hours. Hull, Humberside. An on duty uniformed police officer observed a red and white revolving round object hovering silently above the Craven Park football ground in Hull. The officer saw the object moving in a south easterly direction against a clear sky at an angle of 45 degrees to the ground and an approximately altitude of 4000-7000 feet and for four minutes in duration. One Officer. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.
September. Location - Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Over several nights over 20 members of the public saw a cigar shaped UFO over the town of Todmorden in West Yorkshire. On one of those nights to uniformed police officers also saw the object.UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT)On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: Daily Star 30/03/82.
30/11/81. Location – Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Five on duty uniformed officers observed a spherical multicoloured UFO with a silvery crescent. Several officers observed the object through binoculars as it moved initially west to east before changing to a south to east direction. The object was also seen by several members of the public. The police officers made enquiries with Bawtry Meteorological Office and drew a blank as did their enquiries with Manchester ATC. One officer still had the UFO in view at 0500 hours before it faded from view.UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 5 Officers. Source: PRUFOS Database/Confidential. 1982 2330 hours. March 1982. Location – Newcastle, Tyneside. Following several reports by members of the public two uniformed officers, PC DAVE PARKING and PC BOB TAYLOR observed a UFO hovering west of Newcastle. In total the object was seen for an hour. Checks were made with Newcastle Airport revealed no reports of unknown traffic. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: Newcastle Evening Chronicle 09/03/82.
Early hours March 1982. Location – Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. An on duty uniformed police officer observed a silver coloured UFO with flashing lights during the early hours of a late March morning. The officer reported the sighting to the Ministry of Defence. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source: Yorkshire Evening Post 25/03/82 and Daily Mirror. Sunday 25/09/82.0400 hours. Location – Monmouth, Gwent in Wales. Two on duty uniformed officers, PC TIM BANKS and PC SIMON HOLDER, observed a UFO over Monmouth in Wales during the early hours of a late September morning. At one point the officers witness two red lights appear to emerge from the main object. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: Daily Express. 0435 hours. 25/03/82. Location - Saxon Street, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Two uniformed officers, PS IAN VICTORY and PC ANTHONY UNDERWOOD were driving a marked police vehicle when they observed a yellow lozenge shaped UFO in the sky. Stopping the vehicle they sat and watched it pass overhead. They saw red and blue flashing lights on the craft. The incident was believed to be subject of an investigation by the Ministry of Defence who admitted they had received a report about the officers sighting. The Superintendent for Milton Keynes police, JOHN BURTON, said of the officers, “These are two experienced officers and I have no reason to doubt their integrity.” UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source - A Covert Agenda by Nick Redfern. Pocket Books 1998. 0130 hours. Location – Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Three on duty uniformed officers, that included a police sergeant and involved two marked vehicles observed a bright light moving high above Todmorden for 30 minutes before it disappeared at speed from view. There was no noise associated with the object. None of the officers reported the sighting fearing ridicule. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 3 Officers. Source – PRUFOS/CONFIDENTIAL.
March 1982. Location: Newcastle, Northumberland. Two on duty Northumbria uniform police officers observed a UFO as it passed over the Tyne Valley, West of Newcastle. It was last seen losing altitude in the direction of the Roman Wall.UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sightings. 2 Officers. Source – Newcastle Evening Chronicle 30/06/94. 24/10/82. Location: Elsack and Carleton Moors, North Yorkshire.During the early hours of the morning three uniformed police officers observed a small UFO zig-zagging just several feet above the ground as it passed over Carleton Moor. At 0515 hours a further series of lights were seen to pass directly over their police car.UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT)On Duty sightings. 3 Officers. Source – Yorkshire Post.
Early 1980s. Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Whilst driving his police marked vehicle PC GARY MILBURN saw to his left what he initially thought was an aircraft about to crash into the ground. He did an emergency stop and the police vehicle made a slight skid to a halt. He wound down his window and saw the fuselage of an object with no wings moving at an altitude of approximately 500 feet. At that point he was struck by the fact that the object made no noise whatsoever and that it did not crash. He observed it for about 8 seconds. On the side of the object was a series of coloured lights. It was last seen disappearing over buildings in Brighouse. He tried to follow but never saw it again. He did not believe it was an aircraft. He reported the sighting to his HQ and was largely ridiculed by his colleagues for doing so. However he made exhaustive checks with civilian and military sources and was told no aircraft were in the vicinity as the time of his sightings. A few weeks later he received a letter from the CAA saying he’d seen an inbound DC10. He rejected that out of hand because the aircraft has three engines and would have made a lot noise as it pulled out of what he thought was a dive but there had been no noise or air displacement whatsoever.UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source: PRUFOS Police Database. 19/02/83. Daytime. Location – Swansea, Glamorgan, South Wales. Up to 200 people observed a huge triangular shaped UFO pass overhead in various places along the South Wales coast. They included a class of schoolchildren and a football team. In Swansea two detectives, DS MIKE TROAKE and DC GETHIN HUMPHREYS saw the object glide overhead in total silence. DS TROAKE said, “I’m used to seeing aircraft in the sky but this was massive-much bigger than a plane. There was a large main cluster of lights at the front shaped a bit like a Zeppelin followed by a triangular group of lights. They moved gracefully across the sky about 1000 feet up.” Fearful of ridicule neither officer reported the incident to their colleagues. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: Sunday Mirror 20/02/83.
July 1983. Location - Toft, Cambridgeshire. An on duty uniformed police sergeant observed a huge 50p shaped UFO above the village of Toft.UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On duty sighting. 1 officer. Source: Cambridge Evening News 17/07/93.
Location - Ferrybridge Power station, West Yorkshire. Two traffic officers observed a UFO for several minutes hovering over Ferrybridge power station. The case was reported to the MOD. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT)On duty sighting. 2 officers. Source: Newspaper Archive.
May 1983 Location – Hartcliffe area of Bristol, Avon and Somerset. Two female police officers observed a strange light hovering above a hill top in the Hartcliffe area of Bristol. They followed the UFO in their marked police vehicle for a distance of two miles before the object stopped and hovered again. At this point a second UFO approached the first one from a different direction. Moments later both objects rose vertically into the night sky at a very high speed and out of sight. One of the officers said, “It was very creepy”. At the same time another officer, SERGEANT IAN LOCK saw a flashing UFO above the Bedminster area of Bristol. In a strange twist to the account the police vehicle involved in the pursuit of the UFO developed a fault with its battery the next day rendering it inoperable. Checks were made with the MoD and local airports put all efforts to identify the object proved negative. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 3 Officers. Source: Daily Star.
Early hours March 1983. Location – Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire.Two uniformed traffic officers observed a brightly lit UFO in the vicinity of Ferrybridge Power Station. They observed the object for several minutes as it moved near to the power station and were unable to identify the object. The officers reported the sighting to the Ministry of Defence. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT)On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source – Yorkshire Evening Post.
14/03/83. 0315 hours. Location: Carleton Moor, North Yorkshire.PS TONY DODD observed two UFOs passing over the moor.UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT)On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source – Yorkshire Post.
30/11/1983. 0010 hours. Dundee, Scotland. 0430 hours. Location: A59 Summerscales, North Yorkshire. Two uniformed police officers observed a large glowing UFO that was hovering over the A59 at Summerscales. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT)On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source – Yorkshire Post.
12/12/1983. 2000-2030hours. North Yorkshire. Between those times four separate uniformed police officers in four different vehicles all described observing two steady blue flashing lights for short durations of time above the clear skies over the A170 Axton and A64 Scamer, A64 Knapton, A64 Copmanthorpe and Selby areas respectively. On duty sighting. 4 officers. Source – MOD Files. Classification – Nocturnal Light (NL)
1983, Dundee, Scotland. Members of the public and three uniformed police officers saw a UFO above the Broughly Ferry area of Dundee as it moved in the direction of Tayside at an approximate 2500 feet altitude. On duty sighting. 3 officers. Source – MOD Files. Classification – Nocturnal Light (NL).
30/11/1983. 0145 hours. Wivelsfield, Sussex. Two uniformed police officers in a marked vehicle observed two blue flashing objects that trailed red lights behind at a 60 degree elevation in the sky over Wivelsfield in East Sussex. The two objects moved in an erratic manner as they went in an east to west direction. On duty sighting. 2 officers. Source – MOD Files. Classification – Nocturnal Light (NL).
September/November 1984. 0300-0400 hours. A40 Northolt, Middlesex. Whilst on mobile patrol two Metropolitan police officer, PC ROBERT PERRY and PC BOB KITE
observed a huge black triangular shaped object low to the ground over
several football fields on the Ruislip Road on Greenford Broadway in
Northolt. The object was described as being the size of three football
fields and made no noise as it passed closed by to them. It had a bright
light at each corner of the triangle and had an orange light at its
centre. At one point the object moved parallel with their police
vehicle. They pulled over as the object hovered silently above their
position. On of the officers switched off the vehicle lights to see if
it would react in any way but nothing was seen in response. A short time later the craft suddenly accelerated vertically into the sky and out of
sight. PC PERRY rang RAF NORTHOLT and was told that they had nothing
shown on radar in that area and asked him if he want to make an official
UFO report. Fearing ridicule the officer declined to do so. The
duration of the sighting was approximately 7-8 minutes and the object
was described as travelling at a speed of just 25 mph. Two Officers. On duty sighting. Source PRUFOS/PC PERRY.
April. Location - Stanmore, Middlesex. PC RICHARD MILTHORP was one of at least 20 uniformed officers who observed a dome shaped circular UFO that appeared to ‘fire’ balls of light to the ground for two hours. He submitted a report with one other officer that was sent to the Ministry of Defence and the Civil Aviation Authority. The Superintendent for Harrow Police station at the time said that the report by MILTHORP and PC PAUL ISLES was made by “two normal sensible men.” UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 20 Officers. Source - Page 251, The UFO Encyclopaedia by John Spencer, Headline Book Publishing 1991.
Early hours. Winter 1984. Location – Bristol, Avon and Somerset. An on duty uniformed police officer observed a slow moving UFO above Bristol during the early hours of a night shift. The officer made checks with a number of airports but all proved negative. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source: The PRUFOS Police Database.
29/02/84. Location: Bordley Moor, North Yorkshire. Two uniformed police officers observed a large glowing white light passing over the moor. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT)
On duty sightings. 2 Officers. Source – Yorkshire Post.
Autumn 1984. Location – Netherton, Staffordshire. A local member of the public monitoring the police radio channel for K Division (that covers Old Hill and part of Sandwell) picked up on a report that a member of public had witnessed a UFO above Turners Hill/Portway Hill, Rowley Regis. Two uniformed officers responded and were heard to say that they could see a blue coloured UFO above the ground on Turners Hill. The officers drove toward that location until they were directly underneath it. Suddenly the object rose vertically into the air at high speed and disappeared. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: PRUFOS Police Database.
10/11/84. 2350 hours. Cardiff, South Wales. An on duty uniformed police officer observed a silent flaming object in the St Mellows area above Cardiff moving from Rumney across toward Weston Super Mare. The object was seen for 8-9 seconds as it descended from a 40 degree elevation to 20 degrees. It was seen against a clear sky and full moon. On duty sighting. 1 officer. Source – MOD Files. Classification – Nocturnal Light (NL).
24/09/84. 0450 hours. Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. An on duty uniformed officer observed two bright white lights in tight formation that hovered and then moved in a zig-zag pattern across the sky above Merthyr Tydfil toward Trodega. On duty sighting. 1 officer. Source – MOD Files. Classification – Nocturnal Light (NL).
17/09/1984. 2201-2240 hours. Scotter, Lincolnshire. An on duty uniformed police officer collar number PC 742 and a female member of the public observed a UFO that changed colour from white to red to green as it passed over the small town of Scotter near Scunthorpe. It was seen initially against a clear sky that turned cloudy as the sighting continued in duration. The object was seen at an elevation of 30 degrees. On duty sighting. 1 officer. Source – MOD Files. Classification – Nocturnal Light (NL).
10/06/1984. 2325 hours. Newport, Gwent. Wales. Following a report by a member of the public a uniformed police officer attended the house and too observed a flickering UFO which had a number of lights on it as it moved in an easterly direction at a 25 degree elevation in the clear skies above Newport. On duty sighting. 1 officer. Source - MOD Files. Classification - Nocturnal Light (NL).
24/04/1984. 0412 hours. Chichester, Sussex. Two on duty uniformed police officers (male and female) in a marked vehicle observed a bright steady orange light in the skies above Chichester in East Sussex for three minutes as it moved in a south to easterly direction. There was no noise or smell associated with the object. On duty sighting. 2 officers. Source – MOD Files. Classification – Nocturnal Light (NL).
27/09/1985. 2000 hours. Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. Two on
duty uniformed police officers observed a large object displaying four
white lights in a delta formation and with a red light underneath as it
passed over the Long Clawson area of Ashby de la Zouch. The UFO flew at a
low altitude and was virtually silently as it across the sky. Only when
it was directly overhead did the officers detect a slight humming
noise. Two Officers. On duty sighting. Source: MOD Files.
0400 hours. 1985. Location – M55 Marton Circle, Blackpool, Lancashire. PC DICKIE MOSS saw a large UFO as it hovered over the M55 motorway near Marton Circle. The object was very large covering the entire width of both sides of the motorway (six lanes). The UFO was described by the officer as saucer shaped, black in colour with a series of lights around its rim and a brilliant white light emitting a beam down to the ground like a searchlight. Reporting the incident by radio PC MOSS requested other officers to attend his location. Two other uniformed officers soon arrived in a vehicle and both saw the UFO for themselves. A short time later the UFO suddenly shot into the sky in the blink of an eye and disappeared from view. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 3 Officers. Source: The PRUFOS Police Database.
Late July 1985. 0145 hours. Location – Chesterfield, Derbyshire. PC MARK TURNER observed a flashing blue/red UFO for over 35 minutes before it moved off in the direction of Dronfield. The weather was clear with no cloud in the sky. A number of civilian witnesses also witnessed the object.
UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source: Sheffield Telegraph Monday 29/07/85.
Late evening 25/10/85. Location – Sunningdale, Windsor, Berkshire. Two uniformed officers, PC LAURENCE MILLIGAN and PC MATTHEW SCOTT, observed a red and green flashing UFO for 45 minutes having responded to a sighting of the object by a member of the public. Attending his home they observed the object through a telescope. Eventually the UFO disappeared in a north-westerly direction. It had been seen over the Virginia Water and Harpsford Avenue areas of the town. Checks were made with RAF Waddington but proved negative. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: Windsor Slough and Eton Express.
14/03/85. 2300 hours. Newport, Gwent. Following a report by a teenage boy an on duty uniformed police officer based at Alway Police Station saw an object in the sky at a 45 degree elevation moving from east to west. On duty sighting. 1 officer. Source - MOD Files. Classification – Nocturnal Light (NL).
16/02/85. 0205 hours. East Seaford, Sussex. Two uniformed police officers, a male and female, observed four lights in a star like formation moving silently and at high speed across the sky above East Seaford at a 70 degree elevation. The lights were coloured red and white and were seen against a clear fine sky. The object was estimated to be one mile from the officers location. On duty sighting. 2 officers. Source – MOD Files. Classification – Nocturnal Light (NL).