researcher Tony James, looks at recent cases from around the country...
4th March 2002, 23:33pm
Bill was in the White Coppice area of Chorley and noticed
what appeared to be a "string of pearls" configuration travelling
toward the northbound M62 motorway. The "pearls" were highly
luminous and not "lit up" in the usual sense of the word.
The configuration was moving quite slowly so he took off in
the car in an attempt to follow the "thing". Bill met up with
it near to the motorway junction at Chorley. It was easy to
follow because of its slow speed.
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to fly over the M62 north then turned toward Blackburn. It
didn't increase its speed until it passed the BA works at
Salmesbury, he then had to hit the gas to keep it in sight.
Luckily the road was quiet so he could put my foot down. Even
though he was really shifting the "thing" soon outpaced him
and he lost sight of it near to Great Harwood, it then simply
vanished over Pendle Hill. There were 6 "pearls", he has no
idea of the size but they must have been quite large. Bill
got the impression that the "lights" belonged to one object
rather than several, though he could be mistaken.
There were no strobe lights. Throughout the "sighting" he
didn't feel at all well, lightheaded and talking to himself
in a sort of moaning and muttering way. Once the "pearls"
left he began to recover. Bill later stopped at a shop to
buy a can of Pepsi and mentioned what he'd seen, the shopkeeper
told him that he too had seen such a phenomenon when stood
at his shop door chatting to a customer. His opinion was that
it was the witches of Pendle on their broomsticks!
UK 18th February 2002, 20:00pm
a novice amateur astronomer, and at 8pm on the 18th February
he was trying out a new telescope by viewing the Moon and Jupiter
at a place called Hay Tor on the edge of the moors. He was facing
East when he saw a swirling display of lights, apparently above
a small patch of cloud.
The swirling pattern appeared to be circular, but inclined at
an angle of about 45 degrees, making it elliptical. He estimates
the size as that of a football at arms length. The first sighting
only lasted 2 or 3 seconds, but was repeated close to the same
spot 3 more times during the next 5 minutes.
The position of the light source was close to that of the moon,
but much closer. There were no car headlights evident at the
time, no sign of laser shows, disco's, helicopters, or other
aircraft. The weather was very cold, with some light cloud.
He specifically chose the spot because of the low light pollution,
a very rural area on the edge of Dartmoor.
February 15th 2002
UFO investigator David Kingston was planning the 7th Dorchester
Conference on the 'unexplained', when he received reports
of a bizarre triangular craft with red and blue lights, zooming
across the skies from Cornwall to Poole in Dorset.
The mystery machine, some 100ft long, was first spotted in
St Austell, Cornwall. There were also reports of it not far
from Lyme Regis later the same day, then over Portland and
Poole, Mr Kingston, who first witnessed unexplained flying
objects while serving with an RAF intelligence unit during
nuclear tests in the Pacific, is at a loss to explain the
He says: "I received a number of consistent reports of a craft
flying over the West country on February 15 and there is nothing
like it in the world aircraft guide. It was said to be triangular,
100ft long with red lights all the way up on the right hand
side and blue lights on the left hand side. "Underneath was
what appeared to be a very large light, in the middle, glowing
pale electric blue through to purple with a corona surrounding
or five people witnessed it and described it as gliding silently
at about 2,000 to 3,000ft. Covert aircraft would not be flown
in the daytime over an area like this. It was described as
hovering quietly at Portland. The last sighting was near Poole,
about two hours after the first." Since he first heard aircrew
talk of seeing UFO's, during the nuclear tests on Christmas
Island in 1957, he has catalogued hundreds of reports and
witnessed many strange sights himself.
These days Mr Kingston's details are passed on from the Police
who ring them reporting strange sightings. Living on the rolling
Dorset downland he and his wife, Virginia, are ideally placed
for a clear view of the skies. He said: "Last year I saw two
or three sightings on the horizon which were definitely not
normal aircraft. One appeared as a very bright star, although
I looked at it with binoculars and it definitely wasn't. It
eventually disappeared very suddenly."
Leicestershire, February 6th 2002, 9:45pm.
We saw a
triangular object with a bright white glow around it darting
about in the eastern sky on February 6, 2002. At 9:45 PM, I
first noticed a very bright light darting about in the eastern
sky but at a closer look we could see it seemed to be a triangular
shaped object which had a bright white glow around it, at one
point it got very bright but faded again and almost disappeared.
It was moving around very quickly and in very strange shapes,
sometimes it would move up, then to the left, to the right and
back again, other times it would fly in a big circle. We left
after an hour of watching the object. Oakham is on the western
edge of Rutland Water, about 15 miles east of Leicester.
Airport, London - January 31st 2002, 5:00am.
A retired telecom engineer Jerry Horlan, stood in his Broadfield
kitchen, and he was gripped by an eerie sense that he was
not alone. He was astounded to see a circle of strange lights
hovering over the south side of Gatwick Airport. He explained:
"I had been up all night and was just making myself a cup
of coffee when I saw something very strange out of the window.
over the south side of the airport were 12 bright lights circling
slowly round. I just could not believe what I was witnessing." The
father of two tracked the objects for more than an hour until
dawn began to break, and the lights slowly moved away from
the airport and disappeared.
Mr. Horlan, 58, who lives in Farnham Close, Broadfield, continued:
"It was a unique experience. I have travelled all around the
world and never seen anything like that before. "I am not
saying it was definitely a UFO but it would be good to get
some sort of explanation to account for what I saw."
The skies over Gatwick Airport have seen a number of close
encounters over the years with witnesses reporting seven suspected
UFO sightings alone in the summer of 1996. This prompted sky
watcher Larry Dean, from Brighton's Skysearch agency to suggest
aliens were watching Gatwick to study earthly air travel.
Government officials and BAA have continued to dismiss these
strange events and refused to recognise the existence of UFOs.
Commenting on the latest spotting, a BAA spokesman said: "We
have run a check and can report nothing out of the ordinary
at that time, but we have passed the information on to air
traffic control which is looking into it."