Police helicopter 'encounter' among UFO reports from Wales

A sketch made by a member of the public of a ‘fleet’ of UFOs that they witnessed from Whitchurch, Cardiff in 1992 A sketch made by a member of the public of a ‘fleet’ of UFOs that they witnessed from Whitchurch, Cardiff in 1992

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A close encounter involving the South Wales Police helicopter and a man who claimed his dog, car and tent had been abducted by a "spaceship", are included in the final UFO files released by the National Archive.

Most of the latest sightings in Wales date between 2007 and 2009.

A few date back to the 1970s and 1990s. The oldest was from 1954.

They are included in files covering the final two years of investigations by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

It closed down its UFO desk in December 2009 because it served "no defence purpose" and was taking staff away from "more valuable defence-related activities".

Single saucer

The files show the MoD was asked for information about an alleged sighting of a UFO by the South Wales Police helicopter in June 2008.

It was reported by the media, even appearing in The Sun newspaper. Documents disclose that the close encounter was not officially reported to the Ministry of Defence and was being dealt with by the police.

The files contain a large number of alleged UFO sightings from Wales. They include:

Police helicopter The South Wales Police helicopter crew spotted the alleged UFO in June 2008
  • A witness from Cardiff described seeing a strange "meteor" sometime after Christmas in 2007. The object appeared "like two boater hats glued together".
  • The Ministry of Defence received photographs on an e-mail from a witness in Gorseinon, Swansea who captured a saucer-like object when testing a camera in the garden in February 2009. No explanation was given for the object.
  • A member of the public e-mailed the MoD to recount seeing a "flying saucer" in Argoed, Caerphilly in August 2008. The witness said he was riding his motorbike when he saw three orange objects south near Blackwood and a single saucer flying north. The black disk was "quick and silent".

The papers also show how Ministry of Defence officials wrote to a witness who had described how his dog, tent and car had been abducted by a "spaceship" in Cardiff in 2007.

Chinese lanterns

The MoD pointed out that abduction, kidnap and theft are criminal offences and would be a matter for the police and not defence officials.

The man had said he had been out camping with friends when several "spaceships" appeared and took his dog and other possessions.

Chinese novelty lanterns may have sparked several of the UFO reports in Wales.

A witness in Ammanford in Carmarthenshire, a helicopter pilot, described seven "orange orbs" that appeared in May 2009.

Another report from Bryn near Maesteg in 2007 described a "cluster" of amber or orange and white lights that moved in a triangular formation. Another witness sketched a "fleet" of 12 to 15 flying objects that were seen over Whitchurch, Cardiff in 1992.

Alien bodies

In perhaps the strangest report, which dated from October 1977, a witness described a mystery light which burst into his room in Llangefni on Anglesey, "settled on an armchair" and "pulsated with energy".

The witness claimed he was an engineer at Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey and was a former Royal Marine. There was no noise or any heat from the "perfectly controlled" turquoise light which was filled with pin-point lights "like stars". The light, which had a "skin" disappeared through a window.

The files also include correspondence about the alleged sighting of a UFO on the Berwyn Mountains between Corwen and Bala in January 1974.

A TV production company working for Channel 5 was asking for information about the incident, which has previously been dubbed "the Welsh Roswell".

Producers asked the Ministry of Defence for information about the recovery of "two alien bodies" and wreckage of a "spacecraft".

The oldest incident reported in the files happened in July 1954. A witness described a "black circle" in the sky over Newport which looked like a "silver flying saucer" when it turned sideways.

The files are available to download free for a month from the National Archives website.

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