ON DUTY SIGHTINGS
1973-1985


1973


Early hours. 1973. Location – Tynemouth, North Tyneside. The same officer was driving his marked police vehicle along Tyne Tunnel Road when he noticed a bright light travelling parallel with their       car. The UFO appeared to keep pace with his vehicle and when he stopped the car so did the object, hovering approximately 150 yards away from his location. There was no noise emitted whatsoever. When he got back into the car he drove on with the object keeping pace just ahead of his position.       He followed the light northwards in the direction of Seaton Burn. When he reached the Seaton Burn flyover he stopped the vehicle again and observed it moving back and forth over the A1 for several minutes before it turned north and disappeared from view. The officer reported the sighting to his colleagues who were dismissive of his claims, however a short time later a second uniformed officer  from Morpeth confirmed the sighting of the UFO. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE             ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: www.wearsideonline.com.

1974

December. Location – Morpeth, Northumberland. An on duty uniformed police officer observed a      white light UFO that appeared to disappear or drop behind nearby housing. The officer did not think     the object was an aircraft. At the same time a member of the public viewed the object through           binoculars and described it as being round and bigger than a plane. He saw the object disappear     into cloud after viewing it for some ten minutes. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source: Newcastle Evening Chronicle 11/12/1974.

1975

0010 hours. Location. Cleve Hill near Evesham, Gloucestershire. An on duty uniformed police              officer was sent to investigate reports of a stationary light above the police radio masts on the top         of Cleve Hill. As he made his way up a narrow road toward the mast he saw a large bright UFO         hanging in a stationary position to the right and above the radio masts. His police radio went dead         as did his personal radio. He watched the light for a few seconds before it silently moved away from      him following the line of a nearby ridge. Getting back into his police vehicle he attempted to pursue       the light. At one point the UFO crossed the road on which he was travelling. For reasons he still can’t explain he flashed at the object with his car headlights and immediately the object disappeared out     of view at a tremendous speed. Moments later he saw another marked police vehicle and spoke with   the officer who corroborated that he had witnessed the UFO shooting across the sky at great speed. On  duty sighting. This forms the first in a series of four sightings by the principal officer. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL/EM/INT (NOCTURNAL LIGHT/ELECTROMAGNETIC EFFECTS/INTERACTION). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source - Confidential (PRUFOS) Database.

August 1975. Between Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, Cleveland. Following a report by a member         of the public a Middlesbrough uniformed police officer saw a bright white UFO in the Acklam area.     Later a Hartlepool officer saw what is believed to have been the same object at broadly the same   period. Police checks with the RAF, Teesside Airport and the Coastguard all proved negative to      account for the object. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting.                2 Officers. Source: North East Evening Gazette 11/08/75.

0400 hours. Winter 1975. Location—Normanton, West Yorkshire. A uniformed officer, PC                   ROBERT TOMLINSON, was on mobile patrol driving a marked police vehicle on Wakefield Road       near Normanton during the early hours when he saw a huge UFO hovering low on his left. He          estimated the object’s altitude as being in the region of 200-300 feet. It was shaped like a kids             spinning top. There were lights all around the lower rim where there were a number of                       rectangular windows. He stopped the vehicle in the middle of the road. He watched it for several minutes before the object streaked off in the direction of Wakefield and out of view. Estimated size       of the UFO — 100 feet in diameter. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 1 officer. Source: PRUFOS Database.

0325 hours. 15/08/75. Location – Bury, Greater Manchester. Two uniformed police officers in different police vehicles observed a bright lighted UFO heading in the direction of Heywood. One vehicle was north of Bury whilst the other was in the town itself. The object was also seen by a member of the   public. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source –    FSR Vol 23 No 2.

0150 hours. August. Location – Salford Docks, Lancashire. PC FRED PULLAN was on foot walking     his beat on part of the docks when he became aware of a   large oval shaped UFO approaching       his location. The object came to within 30 metres of his position, hovering in total silence above           a nearby amenity block. After a short period the object moved horizontally over towards another building where again it stopped and hovered for several minutes before departing at speed, at an angle, with a tremendous burst of acceleration. The officer did not report the incident fearing ridicule from his colleagues, however he did get some corroboration as he was nearing the end of his night shift when a colleague who had been walking a different beat on the dock asked him if he’d seen a strange light over the docks. When they compared notes they realized that they had both seen the same UFO but from different geographical positions on the dock. The UFO was described as being     in the region of 30 feet in diameter. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source – PC PULLAN and PRUFOS.

0615 hours. October. Location – Salisbury, Wiltshire. Two uniformed officers, one of whom was PC VIVIENNE WHITE, observed a saucer shaped UFO whilst on mobile patrol in the area of Churchfield Road, Salisbury. They stopped the police vehicle and got out to observe the object. The officers described the UFO as yellow and orange in colour moving slowly at an altitude of approximately     500-700 feet. The object came to a hover for about 45 seconds before accelerating away at a tremendous speed out of view. The object left a 15 second vapour trail as it departed. The officers submitted an official report about the incident. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT).     2 Officers. Source – Steve Gerrard, Southampton UFO Group (SUFOG).

11/09/75. Middlesbrough. Cleveland. Following numerous reports of a UFO in the Redcar and Middlesbrough area the police confirmed that an officer had also seen the object at the same time.    UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source: North East                Evening Gazette 12/09/75.

1976

03/07/76. Location: A62 Manchester Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester. Two on duty               uniformed police officers, including a Chief Superintendent Hobson, were on routine patrol driving    along the A62 in Manchester when they observed a UFO. He said, “We watched the light for about      two minutes. I then followed in a police vehicle along the A62. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source – Freedom of Information Act. 

Early hours. Sunday 01/08/76. Location – Hemel Hempstead, Bedfordshire. The crews of two              police uniformed police officers observed a UFO hovering over the Buncefield Oil Terminal. The   vehicles were parked up on the M1 motorway at the time of the sighting. They observed two lights   above the terminal for several minutes before the object departed the scene. Checks were made        with Luton Airport which proved negative for air traffic. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT) On Duty sighting. 3 Officers. Source FSR Vol 22. No 4.

0215 hours. Winter. Crofton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. PC PATRICK TUNNEY was checking on            a couple of shops during the early hours of a winter’s morning when he noticed three green lights approaching from around a mile away. His first thoughts were that it was a low flying aircraft. Then     he became conscious that there was absolutely no sound. The lights were horizontal as they flew toward him at an altitude of only 200 feet. When the lights were approximately 200 yards from his position they suddenly banked to the left in total silence and sped off an amazing burst of acceleration. At their closest point the officers described the lights as green spheres each the size of a car. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source:        PRUFOS Police Database.

1977

July 1977 0433 hours. Location - Bradley near Skipton, North Yorkshire. Two uniformed police      officers, PC KIRKBRIGHT and PC TRUEMAN reported seeing a UFO over Bradley, Skipton that they couldn’t identify. They submitted an official report about the incident. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: North East Evening Gazette 06/07/77.

0412 hours. 03/05/77. Location: Hainault Forest, London. Following a report of an unusual object          in  the vicinity of a lake in the above area by a member of the public, two uniformed officers attended   the scene. On arrival they used a key to access the forest park area. Once inside they immediately    noticed a large red light on the east side of the lake. They stopped their vehicle and got out to observe the object. The UFO was approximately 300 yards away from them and low to the ground. It was bell shaped and its size was a thumb nail held at arms length from their position. They watched the object   for two or three minutes before it was seen to pulse dull to bright red whilst hovering in total silence. Without warning the object disappeared from view. The officers split up to approach the spot where     it had been. Suddenly one of the officers saw an object that he described as a white inverted UFO,   low in the sky above his position before the craft disappeared from view. There was a slight smell         of burning in the air. The incident was officially reported via the police vehicle radio. UFO  CLASSIFICATION – CE1 (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST KIND). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source          – FSR Vol 23 No 2 Aug 77.

Between 0010-0030 hours. Sunday 28/08/77. Location – Windermere, Cumbria. At 0010 hours an        on duty police officer PC IAN MACKENZIE observed two very bright horizontal lights in the vicinity         of Langdale Pike that moved towards him and grew brighter. He ruled out any type of aircraft. At the   same time PS JOHN McMULLEN also spotted the UFO from his location whilst walking through    Keswick with three other officers. He described the object as being ‘hang glider’ or diamond shaped.     At 0020 hours PS JAMES TROHEAR and PC JOHN FISWICK also reported seeing the object from   their position at the Fallbarrow Park Caravan Site on the shores of Lake Windermere. Other unnamed officers were also present at that location and saw the object. PS TROHEAR described the object as triangular or diamond shaped. At 0022 hours PC ALEXANDER INGLIS was driving home with three colleagues along the A591 Keswick to Bothel road when they too caught sight of the lights. As the   object approached them he pulled the car over to have a better look. Despite their efforts they could     not make out a distinct shape of the object. All they could make out was two extremely bright lights  attached to it and there was a faint ‘purring’ noise associated with it. At 0025 hours PC JOSEPH MAW and a colleague spotted the object heading in the direction of Buttermere. It was travelling at a low altitude over the surrounding fells. At around the same time PC DAVID WILD spotted the UFO whilst     out on foot patrol  on the A592 Rayrigg Road to Bowness. He described it as ‘kite’ shaped and that       it was a very large structured craft. At 0030 hours a number of civilian witnesses also spotted the   object. At the same time following a police radio request for officer sightings, two further officers,       PS GEOFFREY MERCKEL and PC RONALD JONES observed the same UFO from their position at Skelwith Bridge on the A593 road. They described the object as being ‘kite’ shaped as they watched     it go out to sea over Morcambe Bay. Multiple police witness corroboration reported from several geographical locations. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On and Off Duty        sighting. 17 Officers (nine named plus a number of unspecified officers). Source - A Covert Agenda       by Nick Redfern. Pocket Books 1998. Pages 131-132.

Late October 1977. Location – Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. A uniformed officer observed a UFO at an altitude of only 500-700 feet above Salisbury Plain. He described it as being oblong with a rounded      top and a flat bottom. The object was seen to travel at a very slow speed across the landscape.
UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source – BUFORA    Vol 6 No 6 March/April 1978.

17/07/77. Location - Arkesden, Saffron Walden, Essex. A police dog handler, PC PETER FROST, reported seeing a white cigar shaped UFO in the sky above the village of Arkesden near Saffron  Walden. “It stayed for about 25 minutes in all, it must have been about 13000 feet high and was         very big. I’m pretty sure it was a UFO.” A woman also reported seeing the object at around the         same time from a village 20 miles away from Arkesden. PC FROST submitted a report to the MOD       via police channels. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT).On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source: Daily Mail 18/07/77.

1978

16/04/1978. 0103 hours. Clifton, Bristol, Avon. Following several reports by the public two                   police officers in different locations (PS CAMPBELL and DCI CLIFFORD) also observed what was         described as a bright white light with a slight white/orange exhaust trail. Note - between 15-17th            April numerous reports were made in the area of strange lights in the sky. The MOD launched an investigation and attributed the reports to decaying space debris. Two Officers. On duty sighting.    Source: MOD Files.

24/10/1978. Addlestone, Chertsey and Woking, Surrey. Four uniformed police officers based at Addlestone, Chertsey and Woking police stations reported seeing a red and green coloured UFO         in the sky in their respective areas. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT)
Source: Daily Express 25/10/78. On duty sighting. 4 officers.

31/12/78. 1900 hours. Location - Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Several reports by members of the    public were made in an area between Berwick and Sunderland. In Sunderland two uniformed police officers described seeing a cylindrical UFO with a blue and white vapour trail. The coastguard    suggested that the object was nothing more than a meteor however several of the witnesses had described how the object had changed direction i.e. north then south then east, if this information is accurate it would rule out the latter explanation. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT)
On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: Newcastle Journal 02/01/79.

31/12/78. Location - Darwin, Burnley, Lancashire. Following reports by several members of the       public of an aircraft about to crash two uniformed police officers observed a UFO the size of a double decker bus as it slowly made its way across the sky. The object had a tail three times the length of     its head. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT). On Duty sighting. 2 Officers. Source: PRUFOS Police Database.

1645 hours. 11/01/78. Location – Rainhill near St Helens, Lancashire. Following a number of reports     by members of the public in the January period, two uniformed officers, PC LOWE and PC ROBERTS   of the Prescott Division, observed a brilliant white light hovering over the Bold Power Station. After approximately 10 seconds the UFO zoomed at speed toward the Fiddlers Ferry Power Station where   it stopped and hovered once more. The object then began to pulsate and after a few seconds the     object appeared in the form of an inverted ‘T’ that glowed brightly. After a further 20 seconds the UFO streaked out of view travelling vertically into the sky. From being low in the sky to becoming a pinpoint   of light high in the sky took literally a second. UFO CLASSIFICATION – NL (NOCTURNAL LIGHT)
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.

1979

0230 hours. January. Location - A65 Skipton to Gargrave road, N
orth 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.

1980

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 seve
ral 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                   0500-05500500-0550 FREE 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.


1981

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.    

0400 hours. Mid summer 1983. Location – Blackpool, Lancashire. Whilst on uniformed mobile              patrol with a colleague along the promenade area at Blackpool PC GEORGE SHONE suddenly  observed a large splash approximately 100 yards off the North Pier. A long dark object either            entered or emerged into or out from the water at high speed. The officer turned to his colleague but unfortunately he did not witness the UFO. The officer likened the object as being similar to that of a Polaris missile being fired at sea from a submarine but this was much too close to the shore for that    and there was little or no noise. UFO CLASSIFICATION – CE1/USO (CLOSE ENCOUNTER 1ST     KIND/ UNDERWATER SURFACE OBJECT). On Duty sighting. 1 Officer. Source: The PRUFOS       Police Database.

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).

1984

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).

1985

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).