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April 2002
Nottingham's biggest UFO case: Witness statements
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Are other beings visiting our planet, and specifically Nottingham?
Nottingham's UFO investigator Tony James tells us about Nottingham's biggest ever UFO case.

Following a UFO sighting, EMUFORA found a whole host of witnesses from all over Nottingham.


Arnold
Mr and Mrs Sargent had just returned home after visiting relatives at about 23:45, when Jack first noticed the objects.

Jack grabbed a pair of binoculars while Mavis phoned her son only half a mile away, who was also watching the same strange objects with a group of people on Surgays Lane.

Jack had his binoculars by this time and was watching with great interest. He told us that the objects were “shaped like a Vulcan bomber and about 400 feet long”.

He also stated that the objects were “definitely NOT joined together as I could clearly see the sky between the two, although they were flying very close to each other, they kept the same distance apart”.

"They gave out a low humming noise, nothing like an aeroplane, the smaller-faster object was silent."
Jack Sargent

Jack also noticed that a smaller but faster object flew behind the two large ones and none of these were conventional aircraft.

“They gave out a low humming noise, nothing like an aeroplane, the smaller faster object was silent” Jack said. This turned out to be a typical report.

 

Calverton
Calverton, East of Nottinghamshire, was where the UFO’s were first sighted. At 23:40 Mrs Sylvester of Calverton Village had let her dogs out before going to bed. As she waited for her dogs, a distant aircraft caught her attention.

She also became aware of four big orange/white spotlights in the shape of a cross. The lights were so bright; she couldn’t make out the shape of the object that they were on. “The object(s) must have been very big and about 1000 feet up”, she said.

"The object(s) must have been very big and about 1000 feet up."
Mrs Sylvester

She shouted to her husband, who had just gone to bed, to look out of the window, which he did.

They both watched in amazement as the lights flew towards them, even the dogs were looking up and barking at the objects.

As the objects passed overhead, they heard a deep humming noise that came from the objects, although it was very faint.

Mrs Sylvester ran to get the binoculars for a closer look, by the time she returned to the garden, they were in the distance and moving away slowly. Her sighting had lasted about four minutes and the UFO’s had come from the East and heading West.

Rise Park
At 23:40 Mrs Margaret Challoner of Rise Park, went out into the garden to call the cat in.

"Looking up into the sky, I saw two large clusters of lights slowly and steadily coming across the sky from the North East."
Mrs Challoner

“Looking up into the sky, I saw two large clusters of lights slowly and steadily coming across the sky from the N.E. I want to fetch my husband to look at them.

He looked at them through binoculars. They slowly, without deviating in any way and keeping the same distance apart, crossed the sky towards Wollaton.

There was no engine noise except from a low moaning-droning sound. There were no navigation lights or flashing lights as there are on a plane”.

Bulwell
Mrs Wooley was out with her dog at around 23:20 when she noticed two very bright lights side by side, they appeared stationary and rather low. “I must stress that they were very bright and perfectly level with each other and at least four times larger than a bright star.

I stared at them for two or three minutes as I was trying to figure out what they were. As I watched, they suddenly moved and literally turned into two triangular shapes with small bright lights all around them, I remember seeing small green lights among them.

"As I watched, they suddenly moved and literally turned into two triangular shapes with small bright lights all around them, I remember seeing small green lights among them."
Mrs Wooley

They started to move away quite fast but they kept the same distance apart, there was also a low throbbing sound, which I believe was from the objects.

Mrs Wooley also had a brief sighting the night before at about 23:20, Mrs Wooley was again walking her dog when she noticed a very bright light ahead of her in the sky. It was quite low and stationary and she watched it for a couple of minutes.

It then seemed to become two lights, one above the other, joined up. I walked towards it across the field and it just sat there low in the sky. After a short while, I turned and headed back. A few seconds later I looked back and it had completely vanished.  

Ten minutes after Mrs Wooley had her second sighting, Barbara Cuthbert, also of Highbury Vale was letting the dog out of the back door when; “I saw two lights coming towards me over the top of the trees at the bottom of our garden.

My first thought was that it was a light aircraft with a light on each wing tip. As I watched, I thought ‘if it comes any lower, it’s going to crash’. I shouted my husband, but as he was coming to the back door, the lights went smaller.

I moved from the back of the house to the front gate, but by the time I had walked the 50 feet or so, it had veered off to the right and was much higher in the sky.

The lights had also changed; they looked like two groups of three lights moving in unison across the sky. There was no sound and I couldn’t make out any shape, as it was too dark. There were no flashing red or green lights.

Beeston Rylands
At about 23:45 over Beeston Rylands, Mr David King observed what at first appeared to be two very bright stars. They seemed to be moving towards us in a westerly direction keeping a constant distance apart.

"The objects were moving slowly, about the speed of an airship, were quite low and keeping a constant distance apart."
David King

As they got nearer and eventually passed over our house, they appeared as two very bright white lights, together with several smaller multi-coloured lights.

Including green, red, yellow etc; and through binoculars, seemed to be in the shape of two crosses with the coloured lights along each axis.

The lights did no wink or flash as they would if on a conventional aircraft. The objects were moving slowly, about the speed of an airship, were quite low and keeping a constant distance apart. I didn’t get any impression of shape, but my wife said that it was shaped like a Concorde.

There was no obvious sound as it approached, but as it passed over and into the distance, a soft ‘jet like’ sound was heard.

Moving to the front of the house so we could see its departure, it seemed to disappear as if into cloud, although the sky was clear that night.

Gedling
Elaine Buck of Gedling got out of bed to close her bedroom window at approximately 23:40 and saw two round lights moving from left to right across the sky. At first, I thought they were planes but then I realised they were heading for towards me. I also realised that two planes would not fly so close together.

I also realised that they were travelling relatively slow, so I rushed downstairs so I could see them from the patio. I said to my husband, “Just get outside and look at these, see what you think”.  

"As the objects came over, we could just make out the shape. I would describe them as like a Vulcan bomber shape but the back end was so brightly lit up; it was almost a hazy outline."  
Elaine Buck

We stood outside looking up, and at this point, they were almost overhead and we couldn’t make out what these lights were. As the objects came over, we could just make out the shape. I would describe them as like a Vulcan bomber shape but the back end was so brightly lit up; it was almost a hazy outline.  

One of the objects was just off the tail of the other and there seemed to be a hazy light all around them. They were too low to be planes and they were travelling very slowly for the height they were at.

Also, there was no noise from them until they were overhead and it didn’t sound like an engine, just a dull hum. Elaine’s husband described them as ‘Concord in shape and massive’.

West Bridgford
Several witnesses in West Bridgeford also reported the Vulcan bomber and Concord shaped objects. Two of these reports from this area also mentioned a much smaller object; a silver sphere was also racing across the sky in the vicinity of the two large craft, and always behind, like it was protecting or watching the larger ones back’s. This sphere made no noise, unlike the described sound from the two larger craft.


An explanation
After countless witness reports, Tony and EMUFORA tried to conclude the case, just what was it? [Read on]

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