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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Haunted Skies blog the facts about UFOs!

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                                  New book from artist/author Jason Chapman well done young Jason for having a go!

Newspaper coverage on Police sighting of UFO!(August 2012)over last few days.
Will they ever get it right no! 
Will they ever seek to question what the hell is happening out there No! 
I am not a UFO fan I am a retired CID Officer with nearly 30 years in the job and the Publisher/co-author of now seven books dedicated to preserving the history of the British UFO phenomena.    But thanks for crediting the blog!
No wonder the Officer asked that his identity be keep secret! bearing in mind the Police felt that any subsequent newspaper publicity may well bring the force into disrepute. The second cutting is from the Metro and was sent to us by UFO Investigator Bill Eatock, the first clipping from Don Ramkin. Suffice to say,there are many details that are incorrect in these two versions. 

Haunted Skies report into West Midlands Police Officers UFO sighting 02.25- 5.8.2012   

At 9.25am the 10th of August 2012 we made our way over to Coventry Police where we met up with the Officer in the front office.  On this occasion we were accompanied by Mr Bob Tibbitts a personal friend and formerly the head of the Coventry based UFO Group (CUFORG)  

The Officer (who asked that his name be withheld after consultation with Dan Barton of  the West Midlands Police Press Office,) was accompanied by a colleague, who confirmed that he had received call on the radio from the Officer following the UFO having been seen and that all communication was then made via a personal phone.

The Officer now 12months from retirement told us that he was travelling along the A45 out of Coventry heading towards Birmingham, towards the Stonebridge Island along the darkened section of the A45. Weather conditions were described as being clear with a Moon and intermittent cloud cover although fog developed later. About a quarter of a mile past Map location SP280812

“I noticed a light in the sky which was pulsing rhythmically. It was very bright and had a bluish tinge to it. I thought at first it was plane and then realised as it was only a single light this was not likely to be the case, as I had never seen an aircraft in that  part of the sky. A couple of seconds later it shot off at an incredible speed silently heading towards the Birmingham direction. As it did so the pulsating continued but of course diminished as it moved away, now over the Birmingham Airport direction. Suddenly it shot straight upwards into the sky at a phenomenal speed far to fast to have been any aircraft. About 2-300yars past where I had seen it I pulled into a lay-by on the left and radioed a colleague  also on duty that night and told him what I had seen”.

The incident was then reported via mobile phone rather than contacting the Force Control room using the Police radio for obvious reasons.

The Officer then contacted a relative to report the matter and then made his way to Birmingham Airport where he discussed the matter with the ATC and the crew of the Police Helicopter.    According to ATC nothing had shown on Radar and no flights were plotted for that time (15minutes before and 30minutes later)

The Officer dismissed any suggestions made that he had seen a fireball meteorite, a sky lantern or jet aircraft.   He feels that what he saw wasn’t man made; and maintains an open mind as to the identity of the object.  He also stressed that if it had been an aircraft travelling at the speed why it didn’t break the sound barrier
 as it moved through the sky.

While we were unable to identity what it was the officer saw, we had of course come across many other examples of this phenomenon before during our research.
Those examples also include occasions when film has been taken of these pulsating flickering objects which are seen stationary in the sky before suddenly shooting away at speeds which rule out the possibly of any terrestrial explanation.

One such example took place in Greenlands near Redditch a few years ago. The witness a taxi driver called the Police who attended but were unable to offer any explanation.  

Another witness living in Longbridge Birmingham also filmed a UFO over the Birmingham area in 1995. Interestingly she told of seeing a dark hardly noticeable object rotating around a luminous object creating what appeared to be the pulsating effect. 

Whether these have any bearing on what it was the Officer saw we can’t say, all we can say is that although these are examples of Unidentified Flying objects  which continue to be seen around the skies of the UK we should only judge each case on its individual merits and not jump to any conclusions, rather than attempting to sensationalise incident like this (as are often seen in the media)by suggesting that they are extra terrestrial in origin, nothing may be further from the point!

UFO over Walton on Thames In June 1998 Mr Alan Howard from Walton on Thames who was  very familiar with the passage of  aircraft  and the occasional Airship as used by Fuji and Orange   Telecommunications was sat is his armchair watching TV   when he  noticed an object in the sky  through the window climbing steeply, and presumed it was a balloon that had come adrift, ‘Suddenly it stopped in mid air and  began to   descend in a  falling leaf  motion, before slowly rising upwards I asked my partner Pam what she thought the object to be, and continued watching  wondering if it was tethered to the ground in some way.

Then an aircraft appeared over the trees in front of us heading out of Heathrow, at which point the object whatever it was  raced towards the plane like a missile, and stopped short of the aircraft  in mid air  for a second or two before  moving quickly away into  a nearby cloud, we were both literally struck dumb by what we had  witnessed. 

Moments later the object dropped out of the cloud and continued to fly around the sky making impossible tight turns diving and climbing. I went and fetched my camera and took a clip of film of the UFO which by now was quite small through the viewfinder”

Throughout the following days and weeks Mr Howard scrutinised the newspapers hoping to see that somebody else had seen the UFO but found nothing. (Source :UPN Investigations London Elaine Waite)

At 12.25am 2nd August 1998, a resident of Bury St Edmunds contacted the Police after sighting eight to ten lights rotating around a larger object moving across the sky. Five minutes later at12.30am a revolving circular object with square lights was seen over the A4 Cambridge near to the M11 junction by a motorist and his wife (yet another UFO sighting from this locality). At 1.40am a pulsating glowing object with an outer ring was seen hovering and circling the sky over Wrexham North Wales and reported to the Police.

 A Cleethorpes housewife was hanging out her washing at 1142pm when she saw ‘three lights forming a triangle in the sky’ bright enough to illuminate the house with two flashes of light. - ten seconds later they vanished from view.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Haunted Skies Volume 7

I find it odd that while we have continued to write and catalogue reports of UFO activity going back to the 1940’s, now contained in 6 Volumes, with another one coming covering the period 1978-1979, we are completely ignored by the media.   Time and time again we have been asked for books with a promise to review them and feature our work, so far nothing. Surely this is rather odd in itself?

I must profess that this lack of interest in us just spurs us on. At the end of the day these books are not about us, but about those people who have had the courage to come forward and just report what they have seen.  

We are determined to carry on despite massive personal costs and continuing problems in obtaining the service of a illustrator. Sadly these are times when money is very short and people are more concerned with just coping with everyday life problems….

Nick has doe a great job, but I don’t agree with the statistics he hands out, i.e 99% may be hoaxes. Clearly the majority of sightings we have outlined in our books are unexplainable; the evidence of those very personal sightings indicates this to be the case.   As far as ASSAP was concerned I was invited to talk but it never transpired, as I was never placed onto the schedule of speakers.    

Reports from the 1970's still coming in......

In November 2012 Mr. James White now aged 71 contacted us about what he witnessed during 1979 while on the way home from Oxford to Bicester one evening between 11.30pm and 12.30am

"At the time I was a mechanic at Cowley, it was a clear night, no other cars on the road It was like a ball of energy  that came down from the sky I was coming home from Oxford to Bicester .When I was near Wendlebury I saw a light in the sky , which came towards me and then turned at right angle before moving just in front of the bonnet, I thought to myself I will run it over so I put my foot down but is still stayed with me. I wondered if it was sort of x raying me or examining me that the impression I had. It seemed controlled in its actions. Then it suddenly shot up into the air and went away towards the direction of Buckingham. When I arrived home I told my Wife she said you should report it, I said no people will think I am a bloody idiot."   Mr. White told us that the object was totally silent and appeared to be just a ball of energy rather than any UFO.

 Diamond UFO seen

 Roger a retired Police Offcier contacted us...

Having read your recent article in the latest NARPO magazine I am prompted to write to you concerning my own experience of an unexplained sighting.  This is the first time I have written about it although I did raise the event with my duty Sergeant shortly it happened.   

In 1965 I joined Kent Police as a 19 year old and after initial training was posted to Gillingham in the Medway towns.  Gillingham sits alongside the River Medway and there are unhindered views across the river estuary mouth out across the North Sea to its horizon with the Essex coastline to the left.

I was the young probationer Constable on my section who walked or cycled.  I never rode in a police vehicle unless it was to take me to the scene of some incident such as a sudden death or RTA where I was left to deal with it.  

About a year had passed when changes to the members of my section resulted in the loss from it of the more mature officer and I was now considered suitable to drive and patrol in police vehicles.  I cannot recall the exact month of this particular night duty but it was in the early months of 1966.  I was driver of the area 999 car with a much older Constable crew member from Rainham Police Station.  We covered both areas and it had been particularly busy with a variety of calls through the night duty which had commenced at 10 p.m.

It was about 2 a.m. when I drove to an area overlooking a car park, a day-time picnic area and outdoor swimming pool at an area of Gillingham called The Strand.  It was an area subject to crime and I knew it  well. I parked the police vehicle in an elevated position looking over this area facing towards the River Medway which was about 500 yards away.  My view also took in an uninterrupted view towards the North Sea and its horizon with the Essex coast to the left.  It had been raining previously but had now stopped.   It was now a perfectly clear night and visibility was excellent.  I could see the lights of the coastal towns of Essex to the left and the blackness of the North Sea and the sky above it on its horizon.  I also knew this view well.

As I looked through the screen I could see movement of lights forming a pattern hovering in the blackness above the horizon of the North Sea.  I asked my colleague if he could see what I was looking at.  He told me he could not even though I described where they were.  I got out of the vehicle to have a better look and saw that there were about 9 small lights forming a diamond pattern.    They were fairly close together and quite clear to the naked eye.  I could see the lights of the coastal towns of Essex to the left but these hovering lights were not close to land and were out to sea.  The lights were not coloured and appeared to be pulsing slightly.  My eye sight was perfect and I was not wearing spectacles or contact lenses.

I watched these lights for possibly 20 seconds and they had formed a diamond formation.  I initially thought of fireworks or flares but there was no movement by the lights or any diminishing of their brightness.  They remained static in the same place and in their diamond formation throughout.  I informed my colleague of what I was witnessing but he remained within the vehicle.  It was difficult to judge their distance but they appeared to be well out on the horizon, above the darkness of the sea, and far beyond the coastal towns of Essex to the left.  They were almost pin sized but quite visible.

After about 20 seconds all of the lights suddenly split their formation and travelled away at very high speed.  They all went in different directions but in straight lines away from where they had been.  One or two went up, others to the left and right and others down towards the sea.  They all travelled at high speed and disappeared altogether.  It left me looking at the void of blackness of the sky where they had been.  I looked at the area for some moments trying to understand what I had seen but they had disappeared and did not return.

Stationed at Gillingham with the North Sea and River Medway on my doorstep I had seen fireworks and flares discharged previously but these lights were not the same and were neither.  I got back into the police vehicle and told the officer with me what I had seen.    A short time later we went to Gillingham Police Station.  Whilst there I looked at our Force Policy Book which covered all work practices and procedures by Kent Police.  There was a section dealing with unexplained sightings and UFO’s.  It advised how to report such matters.  As I was still a Probationer Constable I spoke to the duty Sergeant who was a very mature and experienced officer who had been stationed at Gillingham for many years.  I told him what I had seen and I then suggested that I should report the matter as per Force Policy.  He dismissed this idea and I took no further action.

 I had many postings throughout my service and I was stationed several times within the Medway Towns in various ranks.  Of course there were many times when I wondered just what I had seen back in 1966.  In 1995 I retired from Kent Police as a Superintendent and by coincidence my house was situated on high ground about one mile inland from The Strand.  It provided an uninterrupted view across The Strand, the River Medway and out to the North Sea with the Essex coastline to the left. I often looked out across this view at night but I never did see the diamond formation again.