There are and have been throughout history UFO sightings all over the United Kingdom, and indeed Ireland. There is without a doubt, however, several locations where a concentration of activity resides. Within the UFO community, there are three particular “window areas” that appear to attract more regular activity than most.
And, as we will examine, one of these would appear to be more active than all of them. And what’s more, it remains so today. What might the reason be for these apparent “windows” that allow for an increase in UFO activity in specific areas of the United Kingdom? And why do some of them last for only a certain amount of time before slipping back into sporadic sightings, while others remain consistent in their persistence?
The United Kingdom has a long history of UFO sightings, both officially and unofficially. However, there is no doubt that since the early-1960s, certain hot spots have formed in locations that might not first come to mind for many.
Warminster, Wiltshire, England
We have examined the so-called “Warminster Thing” previously and the connection it very likely could share with Rudloe Manor. However, while the peak of the strange noises and equally strange lights in the sky ceased somewhat in the late-1970s, sightings continue regularly here today. And what’s more, almost two decades into the 2000s, it would appear they are beginning to increase.
In 2017, for example, several UFO sightings would come from the region, some of them even reaching national newspapers. Many of them were also captured on film and would find their way on to social media.
Several particular sightings would come from the Cley Hill area. Many of these sightings would share very similar details. In particular their “glowing” or shimmering appearance. One local resident would offer that “strange noises” are often heard seemingly coming from above them. Furthermore, strange “shimmering lights” are often observed over the area.
These descriptions are almost exactly the same as the initial sightings in the Warminster area in the mid-1960s.
Further still, the entire Wiltshire region is a hot spot of another kind – crop circles. These strange anomalies appear annually in the fields in the area. And despite their skepticism, researchers still do not have an explanation for how or why these strange patterns are appearing.
Some of the most famous crop circle formations have called the area home. Perhaps most notably, The Galaxy which formed in 2012 and comprised of “400 perfect circles”. What’s more, it still defies any kind of satisfactory information. Recently in 2017, a Wiltshire farmer hired a “cherry picker” so that enthusiasts could view a recently formed crop circle.
It would certainly appear, then, that strange UFO-related activity continues in Warminster and the surrounding areas.
The short video below shows a UFO sighting from 2017.
While the peak of the activity in this region of Scotland occurred between 1992 and 1996 during the Falkirk Triangle wave, activity, sporadic as it might be, goes back decades. And they similarly continue today.
Perhaps one of the strangest incidents occurred slightly to the west of Bonnybridge in Glasgow, known as the “The Flaming Train” incident. Just before Christmas in December 1983, Tom Coventry stood at a bus stop in Glasgow. After several moments of waiting, his evening would take a most bizarre turn.
Out of the blue, and at extremely low altitude, a “gray-silver” object “shaped like a railway carriage” screeched towards the bus stop. With flames shooting and licking out from the end of the craft, it hovered no more than 20 feet away from him. He could clearly see three windows and what appeared to be “swirling yellow smoke inside”. Then, as suddenly as it arrived, it would disappear up into the sky at great speed.
While certainly not as active as it once was, sightings of strange happenings continue in the region today. And what’s more, the claims are as varied as they are strange.
In the summer of 2002, just outside Glasgow, an unnamed man took a picture from his window of a triangular shaped craft. According to the witness, they were looking out of the window trying to locate their cat when “this strange thing in the sky” caught his eye. He immediately grabbed his camera and snapped a shot. Within seconds, the craft was gone.
You can see a picture below.
Activity Continues In Southern Scotland Deep Into The Twenty-First Century
More recently on 10th March 2009, a picture of a “teapot lid-shaped” UFO emerged following a sighting near Fife. The witness was taking photographs of the full moon at a little after 6 pm. Although they didn’t notice the object at the time, when going through the pictures later they noticed the strange object just to the left of the moon. He would state in his report:
What amazes me is that there appears to be a lighter part on the object, the part nearest the moon. It is almost like the moon is reflecting off the underside of it!
This, of course, would suggest that not only was the object solid and very real but also that it was well within the planet’s atmosphere.
You can see a picture of that object below.
Although slightly to the north of Bonnybridge, just outside Aberdeenshire, an incident in October 2012 not only had several witnesses but was captured on video. Morag Ritchie, along with her family were woken by strange flashing lights in the sky overhead.
Ritchie would later state:
…I thought it was a star. However, it was a sequence of flashing lights. There was also a darting light coming from the side. There was no sound either. I got my family up and we all watched it for a while. I kept going back to bed but I was so unsettled that continued waking up!
Ritchie’s daughter’s fiancée would echo this description, while her daughter herself, Cara would state:
It was really scary. I’m still scared just in case something happens!
Ritchie would offer that all she wished for was an explanation. It would appear that the explanation remains elusive. You can view the footage, however, below.
UFO Alley, The Pennines
Perhaps the most intriguing, and arguably the most active of these UFO hotspots is the tentatively titled UFO Alley. In fact, it is the persistence of UFO sightings that make this apparent UFO Window stand out from the ones mentioned above.
For while sightings occur still today in both the Warminster and Bonnybridge areas, the peak of their respective activities was limited to a certain time frame. In UFO Alley, however, sightings have continued at a steady pace decade after decade.
There are many claims and theories as to why this area experiences so many UFO sightings. Might it be, as some researchers insist, that an alien base resides somewhere deep underground? One accessed by some unknown and hidden entrance somewhere on the lonely plains?
Or might the area, in the same way that many believe the previously mentioned Wiltshire, be the victim of ley lines? Strange meetings of energy that, as wildly speculative as it is, might open portals or doorways to other world or other parts of the Universe? Might this be the reason for so much UFO activity? Might UFO Alley be a kind of cosmic highway?
We have written before, for example, of the recent UFO sightings over Manchester, which would perhaps come as no surprise given that Lancashire borders the Pennine region. However, it is the other county which borders this beautiful, enigmatic, and mysterious stretch of land that is of interest to us here.
Yorkshire, The Most Active UFO Area In The UK?
Yorkshire is likely the most surprising location within an already surprising location of increased UFO activity, with persistent UFO sightings and bizarre tales having emerged from the county going back decades. Indeed, we have examined previously the UFO sightings and subsequent investigations of one-time leading UK UFO investigator, Tony Dodd, whose initial sightings took place while he patrolled the country roads of Yorkshire as a police officer.
We have also examined such incidents as the Howden Moor case which some researchers claim is a case of a crashed UFO in the woodland of the area, then the subject of a cover-up by authorities.
We will look at some of the more recent UFO encounters from this part of the world shortly. First, though, we will examine three bizarre, chilling, and intriguing incidents that took place in the 1980s.
The Curious Case Of Zigmund Adamski
A very short distance from Manchester in Todmorten, a similar case of apparent alien abduction seemed to have occurred. Only this time, however, the person involved wouldn’t be able to offer any information as to what had happened, as they hadn’t survived whatever ordeal had led to their untimely death.
56-year-old Zigmund Adamski’s dead body was found on top of a huge coal pile on 16th June 1980. He was over twenty miles away from his house in Tingley. The coal miner had been missing for five days after having left his home to visit the local shops.
Upon initial investigation of his body, police noted how it appeared that it had been “lowered” on to the pile of coal. If someone had dragged him up to his final resting position, there would have been coal markings and dust on his clothes, of which there was none at all.
It also appeared as though he had been dead for some time, not least because he barely had a days growth of beard upon his face.
A Face “Contorted With Terror” That Must “Have Known Great Fear!”
However, despite the coal yard being busy, no-one had reported seeing his body, which police found unlikely if he had been here since he had gone missing. His face itself – described by one of the policemen sent to the call, PC Alan Godfrey, as being “contorted with terror!” The coroner also stated that Adamski must have “known great fear or pain” immediately before he died.
More detailed investigation of Adamski’s body found he had curious burn marks on the back of his neck, head, and shoulders. A strange gel was also detected that detailed analysis could not identify. He was also found not to be wearing a shirt – only his trousers and jacket, both of which were fastened incorrectly as if he had been “re-dressed” in a hurry. His shoes were also in such a state.
All the clues were there to suggest some kind of strange intervention at the very least in Adamski’s death. When the officer involved revealed he had witnessed a strange UFO encounter himself then links became even stronger.
You can check out the video on the strange death of Adamski below.
The Horrific Experience Of PC Alan Godfrey
Several months after the discovery of Adamski’s body PC Alan Godfrey claimed to have had his own alien abduction encounter. Godfrey, incidentally, has never wavered in his accounts despite facing much skepticism.
In the book The World’s Greatest UFO Mysteries compiled by author’s Nigel Blundell and Roger Boar, they speak extensively of Godfrey’s claims and the hypnotic regression sessions that followed.
It became clear that Godfrey had reported to his superiors that he had seen what he believed to be a UFO only hours before Adamski’s body was discovered in June 1980. The police did not name him publicly but stated that someone had come forward and that UFO experts believed their account to be true.
On 28th November 1980, Goddard made another report of a UFO. He claimed the mystery object was floating about five feet above the ground in a Todmorten housing estate at 5 am in the morning. He claimed he had to wait until he got to the station to make the report due to his radio not working.
UFO researchers soon picked up his case, discovering that Godfrey could not account for fifteen minutes of time during his most recent sighting.
“They’re Robots! They’re Not Human!”
Siting their source as a piece that appeared in the Sunday Mirror newspaper on 27th September 1981, the two aforementioned authors printed parts of the regression sessions.
Godfrey told of how a blinding light had transported him from his car to the craft. He found himself in a medical “white” room – a tall six-foot figure with him, dressed in a dark suit and wearing a “skull cap” type headpiece. Then, still under hypnosis, Godfrey became terrified. The transcript of his next words reads as follows:
They’re horrible…..small…three to four feet, like five year old lads! There are eight of them. He’s touching me…..He’s feeling at my clothes. They have hands and heads like a lamp… keep touching me…….they are making noises……Joseph, I know him as Joseph. He has told me not to be frightened! They are robots! They are not human! They’re robots! They’re his!… Joseph’s robots! There’s a bloody dog…..it’s horrible! The size of an Alsatian!
You can check out a short interview with Alan Godfrey on BBC Breakfast Time from the early 1980s below.
The Ilkley Moor Alien Abduction
One of the most intriguing claims of alien abduction in the Yorkshire countryside occurred on 1st December 1987. The account has also proved to be one of the most genuine, not least because the man involved has refused all monies to go public and has remained anonymous, refusing to release his real name. The only known information as to his identity is that the man involved is a former policeman who goes by the name of Philip Spencer.
That cold December morning Spencer left his home in the village of Ilkley at a little after 7am. He was on his way to his father-in-law’s home in East Morton. The two of them had planned to spend the morning photographing the Yorkshire Moors.
While making his way up a steep hillside not long after setting off, Spencer heard what he later described as a humming sound from above his car. He assumed this to be a low flying aircraft which was not uncommon for the area.
Suddenly he noticed movement in the field to his left. He turned his head to see a small figure making its way up the embankment of the quarry. Spencer brought his vehicle to a halt, stepped out of the car and shouted at the strange figure. He managed to snap a clear photograph though, which incidentally experts declared genuine when they examined it.
You can view that picture below.
A Classic Case Of “Missing Time!”
Spencer would quickly follow the figure, who appeared to be “waving him off” as it went to the top of the hill. As he reached the top of the quarry himself, the creature had vanished. Above him though was the sight of a “huge silver disc-shaped object!”
A second later, the disc was directly over him. It then shot off at great speed.
Shaken by the encounter, Spencer decided to turn back home. Only when he arrived back in Ilkley did he notice the time was after 10 am. He had lost a total of three hours. This missing time combined with strange, intense dreams that Spencer experienced in the days following the incident led him to seek hypnotic regression.
During these sessions, he told of after having first noticed the silver craft, an unknown force had lifted him on to it. He was aware that he was in a medical room of some kind and that his abductors said to “not be afraid.” He stated he could see the Earth as if from space and through some kind of portal. The next thing he knew he was back on the hillside and the disc was speeding away from him into the sky.
“I Wish To Hell All This Never Happened To Me!”
Like all such claims, the three incidents above are open to debate as to their authenticity. They, however, represent only a tiny drop in the UFO field’s ocean of claims of abductions – and an even tinier percentage of UFO sightings.
As easy as it might be to dismiss the suddenly increasing number of sightings as nothing more than overactive imaginations, the fact that so many people are seeing something, is itself a reason for investigation. How many other people might come forward if they feel a serious investigation will look at their claims?
Although there is no doubt some people will make wild claims just for the fun of it, many others will hold their tongue for fear of people mocking them or thinking them mad.
PC Godfrey perhaps said it best when he spoke to the Sunday Mirror back in 1981 when he stated:
I wish to hell all this had never happened to me. I’m just an ordinary bloke doing an ordinary job as a small-town bobby! Do you think being associated with flying saucers makes my life any easier? I’ve never even read a science-fiction book in my life!
As we will examine in a moment, reports of such sightings on the east coast of the United Kingdom have surged in recent years.
Increasing Encounters In Recent Years
In June 2016, Cleveland Police released all of their files concerning emergency calls of UFO sightings in and around the Teesside area of the United Kingdom. The files contained dozens of reports of strange phenomena in the night skies. And in the years that followed, an apparent wave of UFO activity has hit the east coast of the United Kingdom.
One such report spoke of a strange craft in the dark sky that “pulsated in an irregular manner – like a heartbeat!” This continued for two minutes before the craft apparently shot off at speed. Another sighting came from a couple who spotted six “silver saucers” over the town of Lackenby, while a further woman reported a sighting in September 2015 of a UFO hovering in the Middlesbrough sky.
One particular claim stood out though. An unnamed man, who was reported missing before police located him, claimed in December 2015 that he spotted a UFO, was taken aboard the otherworldly craft, and taken on a “trip to Durham!” In other words, he was abducted by what would seemingly be aliens. Make of his claims what you will – the fact is, they are now on record.
While it is perhaps habit for many of us to automatically think of small-town America when we hear claims of alien abductions, for its relatively small size, the United Kingdom has a plethora of such claims to offer. What’s more, a great many of these claims, particularly those of abduction, are all remarkably similar in detail.
While we will return to some of the most recent of these sightings, first we will look at an alleged incident from 2009.
Couple Witness “Spaceships Over The Sea!”
As well as the released report, a separate story appeared telling of an elderly couple who witnessed around forty UFOs hovering over a beach on the coast of East Yorkshire. Furthermore, an intense military operation in the area would follow this apparent out of this world encounter.
The incident took place on 14th September 2009 over Wilsthorpe Beach. In UFO circles it carries the name, The Wilsthorpe Incident. The couple – both now in their eighties and with their names withheld – would view the bizarre events from their home in the purposely built seafront flats that look out to the North Sea.
At around 11 pm, as the couple prepared for bed, an intense glow was visible outside their bedroom. Intrigued, the couple would look outside to a sight of marvelous, glowing UFOs over the beach in front of them. The lady would describe them later as “spaceships over the sea!” and of a “boomerang shape!”
According to the witnesses, there were “thirty to forty” of the strange objects. They would recall no noise coming from the crafts “but there was electricity going into the sea!”
The lights would remain over the coast for around ninety minutes. They then left “in pairs at a forty-five-degree angle until just two were left, which shot straight up!”
Thinking the incident was over, they went to bed. The following day, things would take an even stranger turn for the residents of this otherwise sleepy seaside town.
Military Operation “Shuts Down Beach”
The following morning, two military Chinook helicopters would descend on the beach. Each would unload a full unit of military personnel, who would quickly go to work.
Two bait diggers from a local bait shop on Bridlington Harbour would recall how “soldiers with guns” suddenly appeared with orders to leave the beach immediately. Understandably fearful, the two workers did as ordered, but they would watch the units from the cliffs above.
According to them, soldiers would go up and down the beach with metal detectors. Incidentally, each had informed their employer of strange “triangular craft” that “entered the sea” in the days leading up to the sudden lockdown of the beach.
Another witness in the area, a man at Blythe Park boat compound, would confirm a military presence that morning. More reports would surface of “gunfire and explosions!”
UFO researcher, Paul Sinclair, would even file a Freedom Of Information Act in an attempt to obtain the details of the military presence that day in September 2009. The only information he would receive back was that it was simply a “routine military exercise!” Among other information provided was the fact that “no live ammunition” was with the military unit, and that the unit did take part in “controlled explosions!”
In short, they revealed nothing of any interest and were making it clear they were not likely to anytime soon. For his part, Sinclair continues to investigate the case, which he feels will prove to be an important incident in UK UFO history.
Camping Trip Sees UFO Light Up “Like A Bolt Of Lightning!”
According to 22-year-old, Trent Mason, and 21-year-old, Jack Holdsworth, while on a camping trip in the Yorkshire countryside near to the Ribblehead railway viaduct, they would witness a strange object “move around the sky” above them for two hours.
The object would perform various pattern-like movements while changing color from a hard white to a warm orange. Neither witness could quite believe their eyes, each looking to the other for confirmation of the strange events unfolding before them.
UFO researcher, Philip Mantle would state following the sighting of the two campers that, “it comes as no surprise to learn of the sightings” given the number of cases he has already been privy to during his work.
Mantle would also remark on the apparent sudden surge of UFO sightings, not only in the UK but more specifically over the skies of Yorkshire.
After stating that sightings had become rare in recent years, “2017 has seen a sharp upturn in reports in this area!” Although Mantle isn’t able to offer why this is, he did offer that the recent sightings near the famous viaduct “fits with other sightings I have had from this general area in the past!”
The Yorkshire 2017 UFO Wave?
In July 2017, another report of a UFO sighting would come from Leeds. In broad daylight, the “flashing, white object” appeared over the skies of the West Yorkshire city. One resident would catch the object on video and upload the footage to YouTube (the video has since vanished). Before it vanished from the Internet, however, the UFO Institute would examine it. They would describe the object as likely a “metallic sphere” and very much a solid object.
In Sheffield in January 2017, footage emerged on YouTube of a similar object hovering over the Parsons Cross area. Kevin Pearce would upload the clip after capturing the footage around 2 am after thinking it was a low-flying helicopter. The object remained over the city for around two hours, occasionally flashing red or green lights.
Only a month earlier in Sheffield, on 27th December 2016, a fixed webcam at the University of Sheffield captured a similar object over the city center at just after 7 am. At the end of August, while looking out over the hills of Penistone, near Sheffield, a witness would report what seemed to be a plane flying on a “downward elliptical trail” before making a sharp course change.
You can view the video below of the University of Sheffield footage.
What’s Going On Over The Skies Of The East Coast?
Over a five-day period between 14th and 19th January 2017 came a surge of sightings. Over the skies of Flamborough on the east coast of the UK, there were reports of flashing red and orange lights. Usually combined with “low popping sounds!” The description of the lights would claim they were “like fireworks” which “became more intense before the end!” The popping sounds would become more like “electrical surges!”
The following month in February 2017, multiple witnesses would report another strange light in the sky. Again, with a “humming buzzing sound” over the North Yorkshire Moors. The swift way it would move over the hills would quickly rule out it being a plane or helicopter. As did the shape of the craft. When the witnesses got a better look, which they would report as a “diamond triangle” shape.
On 6th April came a second report from the Wath Upon Dearne area of Doncaster. This time, of a “white light going through the sky with no sound (and) gradually ascending!” On this second occasion, a helicopter was circling the area. And continued to do so until the object disappeared.
Several weeks later on 10th June in Owmby-by-Spital in Lincolnshire, came a report of repeated sightings. Again of a strange object hovering in the skies over the small town. These sightings would happen at various times of the day, from 9 pm to 3 am.
The video below shows a UFO sighing off the east coast of England during this time.
Important Answers In The Most Unlikely Places?
What might the connection be, then, between these apparent hives of UFO activity? And are there others that perhaps play out under our noses?
Indeed, it isn’t an automatic when discussing such UFO windows or hotspots in the United Kingdom. However, we might well mention the apparent concentration of energy in Wales. Most specifically in Broadhaven and the apparent “triangular” region of activity there.
This is even more interesting when we consider one of the most famous Welsh UFO cases. The Berwyn Mountains Incident. And whether we accept that the reasons for this surge of activity in these very specific areas of the United Kingdom are due to some kind of cosmic gateway, or due to a physical base on or under the Earth, then perhaps the claims of Russ Kellett that such a base resides on the Welsh coast should be examined further.
And if Kellett ever does prove to be correct? What does that say about Bonnybridge, Warminster, and particularly the still heavily active UFO Alley? Is there an alien presence in the otherwise picturesque towns and country roads of Yorkshire, for example? And indeed the Pennine Hills? Maybe permanent residents to the area? Or just passing through from another realm, time, or galaxy?
Indeed, it may still prove to be very much the case that some of the biggest answers to the UFO and alien question may reside in the most unlikely places.
Check out the video below. It features Philip Mantle, one of the most respected UFO researchers of the last forty years. He also works a lot from Yorkshire.