UK UFO sightings July 2008 (updated regularly…now part 1 0f 2)
Posted by dandare on July 14, 2008
If you see something that i have missed, please contact me (thanks).
I have also put the posts, in date order, the same format as last month … I will try and put a conclusion to the sightings at the end of each month as well …… (although i need to do this from april onwards..oops!).
There has been an explosion of UK UFO activity, after the MOD released its UFO archive, and this might account for the media clamouring for our attention (how much of it is fact, is frankly anyone’s guess), and also the public looking at the sky more than normal…. and wanting explanations also.
Some incidents could be UFO balloons (please see: https://dandare.wordpress.com/2007/05/19/ufo-balloons-what-are-they/ for more details, froma previous article).
Many of the sightings are sensationalised, with usually alot of information missing. Please keep this in mind as you view these postings from the local and national press.
I’m afraid many also fail to follow up on their initial leads, and many reports just remain forgotten.
The UFO sightings do not seem to be slowing down yet this month….. (although some seem to be getting silly… mistaking the moon for a UFO ).
Grantham Journal “UFO watches over Roman soldiers ” ; “ Tuesday, 3.15pm – A UFO was caught on camera over Ancaster at the weekend.
Colin Mitchell of Wilsford Lane, Ancaster, was taking pictures of the Roman Festival on his digital camera but didn’t spot the sky craft at first” (extract from article).
Leighton Buzzard online “UFOs spotted over Bedfordshire ” ; “TEENAGERS in Appenine Way rec in Leighton captured what they thought was a UFO on a mobile phone a few weeks ago before all the national sightings started ” (extract from article).
Belper news “UFO sighting over Derbyshire border “. “” A series of orange lights flew across the sky, in pairs, numbering about 12. They passed over us and moved off just north of East Midlands Airport. In all it took just over five minutes for them to pass. Three teenage children saw them also from our window” (extract from article).
the sun ” Navy man sees UFO on the M5 ”
” ROYAL Navy aircraft engineer told yesterday of the moment he saw a UFO spinning above the M5 motorway. Michael Madden, 25, watched in disbelief as it hovered, then disappeared at “incredible speed”. He said the flying disc flew for up to three minutes above junction 21, near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset `” (extract from article). Also in Weston Mercury here .
channel4 “Sky lanterns spark UFO scare“…. “UFOs resembling “orange lights” which terrified a genteel West Country suburb could simply have been Chinese sky lanterns, it has emerged” (extract from article).
Wales online “Man breaks silence over North Wales UFO ”
“ONE of Britain’s greatest UFO mysteries deepened last night after a new witness emerged after 34 years.
The Government allegedly covered up the “Welsh Roswell” incident, in the Berwyn mountain range in 1974, after scores of residents reported a massive tremor, strange lights in the sky and “Men in Black” scouring the area.
Claims that aliens crash-landed and their bodies were then transported by the Ministry of Defence to the top-secret research base Porton Down in Wiltshire were dismissed by Whitehall officials.
But suspicions about what really happened were re-ignited in May this year when hundreds of MoD documents about UFO sightings were released, with none containing any details about the Berwyn incident, reviving rumours of a cover-up.
Now, fresh evidence by retired gamekeeper Geraint Edwards, of Llandderfel, Denbighshire, has reopened the debate” (extract from article).
Also the same thing covered by the Mail on sunday (posted 1st july, 2008 ) “New UFO witness reopens 1970s mystery of the Welsh Roswell ”
Harrow times “UFO in Edgeware? ”
“Swati Singh, 40, grabbed her video camera when she saw a bright light outside the window of her house in Merlin Crescent” (extract from article).
I love this one ……
“Stunned police couldn’t believe their eyes when they were called to investigate an unexplained object in the night sky and discovered it was the Moon!” (extract from article). Also the same story from the BBC with audio here . Also the Lancashire evening post (on the 5th ) here . And Mail on sunday here .
This is hampshire “Airborne Lanterns lead to reports of UFO sightings”
“”I’m afraid it wasn’t UFOs – it was just Chinese paper lanterns!” David Osborne, 47, was one of those unable to explain what he saw and recorded between 10.40pm and 11.10pm last Saturday.
The father-of-three, who earlier that evening watched alien invasion movie Independence Day with two of his daughters, saw the eerie lights moving in the Alton to Odiham direction.
Mr Osborne, of Loggon Road, Cranbourne, said: “They were bright orange and high in the sky. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”” (extract from article).
Scarborough evening news ” Seeing the light in search of UFOs: comment ” Guess what it mentions UFO hotspots again.
The sun ” Mum mystified by night UFO ”
Wales online “UFO investigators speak to police about sighting” “A Nasa expert and top professor said hearing details from two officers and a helicopter pilot who claimed they saw a “flying saucer-shaped” aircraft would allow people to make their own judgements. The helicopter and its three-man crew were at 500ft above RAF St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan on June 7 waiting for clearance to land when they spotted the other craft hurtling towards them from below” (extract from article).
Later it mentioned, “Conspiracy theories on the internet have suggested secret aircraft are being developed at the airbase in the same way the F117 Night Hawk Stealth Fighter and B2 Stealth Bombers were tested in the US in the 1980s“, and in the final paragraph “A South Wales Police spokeswoman said none of the crew made a formal statement – even though the incident was reported to the “relevant authorities”, thought to be the Ministry of Defence and Civil Aviation Authority. She refused requests from the Echo to speak to the officers or pilot” (extracts from article).
Lancashire evening post “UFO spotted in Lancashire? decide for yourself ”
Coventry telegraph “UFO spotted over coventry ” . ” Kieran, aged 17, recorded their close encounter in Barkers Butts Lane using the video on his mobile phone.
They made the discovery on Wednesday, June 11, at about 9.45pm.
The pair have both been sceptical about unidentified flying objects in the past, but that has all changed after that evening’s experience” (extract from article). the video is below.
Bedford Today “Does Paul have answer to ufo mystery”
“Paul Pibworth, part of Potton based Crashers photography company, caused an unexpected stir after arranging for a skylantern spectacular during a Biggleswade wedding they were photographing” (extract from article).
Wales online “Public are in denial over UFOs, says investigator ”
” MARGARET Fry has never doubted that beings from outer space visit the Earth, nor the existence of UFOs, ever since she says she saw one with her own eyes 53 years ago this month. She has been investigating reported sightings and incidents, and trying to persuade the sceptics in our midst for the past 30 years that they are very real ” (extract from article).
The Sun “Alien nation”
telegraph “British UFO sightings at bizarre levels”
“Plotted on a map of Britain, the sightings can be seen to stretch from Liverpool to Dover and from Llanelli to Derby.
Whatever the explanation, experts agree that the number of suspected flying saucers has hit unusual highs this summer” (extract from article).
Ealing times ” UFO in Southall ”
Your local Guardian “UFO spotted in Cheam ” ; “There were three or four green orbs. It was like the Northen Lights but with precision. They would move together and converge and were individuals because they were moving themselves.
It was awe inspiring – my mouth was hanging open. My first thought was that it was a Northen Lights phenomenon but the movements were so precise” (extract from article).
Wales Online “Who’s to blame for sightings? Better see a doctor..” this mentions that Doctor Who is too blame for sightings.
Sunday Mercury “UFO intrigue ” very short article.
Get Reading “Mystery of Caversham UFO light ”
“Reading appears to be a hotspot for UFO sightings after another unidentified object was spotted in the skies of Caversham. Louise Davis, 26, of Managua Close, was awoken in the early hours of last Wednesday by “a steady engine sound ” (extract from article).
Diss Express “Mysterious lights seen in South Norfolk skies ” “For one south Norfolk dog walker, what he saw at the weekend could not be explained” (extract from article).
compare-airport-parking.co.uk “Ball of fire spotted on Heathrow and Gatwick flightpath”
“The new sighting near Gatwick Airport however is a very different story. The Parker family from Mutton Hall Hill have reported seeing a ball of flames streaking across the sky, that appeared to be taking the same path as aircraft heading for Gatwick and Heathrow Airport from the continent in a northwards direction” (extract from article).. it later goes on to say it could have been a military flare?
bury free press (updated from 18th march,2008 ) “Bury named UFO hot spot” old news, repeated again.
Evening Leader “Flintshire readers report more UFO sightings”
“Keen photographer Peter Jones, of Connah’s Quay, believes that he has snapped scores of pictures of UFOs across North Wales while enjoying his hobby…[.]…Another amateur photographer, who did not wish to be named, snapped some unexplained objects in the sky above Holywell…[.]…Yet more sightings were reported last month, prompting speculation and debate from scores of cynics and believers” (extracts from article).
Wales online ” Is that a UFO up there? no, its just the police helicopter ”
Western daily press “You’ve seen a UFO? put more water with it”
“Next week, Dr Christian Kaiser, from the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton, will give a lecture on the latest discoveries in the fast-growing field of planets in other galaxies, in the normally less- than-academic setting of the Raven pub, just off Milsom Street in the centre of Bath” (extract from article).
welwyn and Hatfield times “Did you see UFO over Hatfield? ”
Your vale.co.uk “Man tells how he was abducted by UFO ” “Ernie Edwards speaking in his first newspaper interview, says he was walking home from work towards Cyffylliog in 1970 when he was met with a circular flying object, which then went on to abduct him” (extract from article).
Sussex express “UFO was like a ball of flames” very short article.
Islington gazette “UFO expert admits it could be aliens” (video included)
“VIDEO footage of a mysterious triangle of lights hovering in the night skies above Islington has been verified by a UFO expert – who believes it could be an extra-terrestrial spaceship” (extract from article)
…..but later you find that the video was of a possible sighting from 2004. Later it says “The woman – who contacted the Gazette after we uncovered a lost UFO sighting last month – has since had dreams about a UFO invasion ” (extract from article).
Hounslow Chronicle “More sightings of Hounslow UFO ” “Aaron Rhys Jenkins from Osterley saw three lights hovering above him at the Ashford Roundabout on New Year’s Eve at around 3am and recorded them on his camera phone as he watched in awe” (extract from article).
Gazette news “UFOs may have been Lanterns “
Western daily press “Video: world exclusive – UFO and crop circle expert films mystery lights ”
” These amazing infra-red film clips, given exclusively to the Western Daily Press by UFO and crop circle investigator Winston Keech, show mysterious balls of light at night over Woodborough Hill and Knapp Hill, Wiltshire ” (extract from article).
Wales online “Did you spot the UFOflying above Abertillery?” “DID you spot something mysterious in the skies above Abertillery on Monday, June 30?
Less than a fortnight after reports surfaced about South Wales Police pursuing a “flying-saucer shaped” aircraft, after it zoomed over St Athan Ministry of Defence base in the Vale of Glamorgan, the Gazette received a phone call from an Abertillery man claiming to have spotted a UFO” (extract from article).
Lancashire evening Post “Its a UFO twystery” with a video….
“It was strange enough seeing a would-be tornado move slowly across the skies of Lancashire at the weekend.
But one Evening Post reader who snapped the freaky funnel cloud also spotted an unidentified flying object alongside it over Scarisbrick, near Southport” (extract from article).
middleton Guardian “The aliens are here ”
News Guardian “UFO captured on camera in north Tyneside ” <–photo taken …..
Southport Visiter “Mystery object caught on film ”
” A UFO was captured on camera as a Southport nature enthusiast snapped away at Sunday’s twister. Father-of-four Pat Regan, 51, of Sandbrook Road, was shocked when he looked at his pictures and noticed the unidentified object to the left of the funnel cloud” (extract from article).
Also another article by them, on the same event “Natural phenomenon has snappers in a spin”
Harborough Today “UFO seen above Harborough “. “A BAFFLED office worker who saw a strange silver ball hovering in the skies above Harborough has appealed for other witnesses to come forward” (extract from article).
Hounslow Chronicle “Video footage of Hounslow UFO ”
“Aaron Rhys Jenkins from Osterley saw three lights hovering above him at the Ashford Roundabout on New Year’s Eve at around 3am and recorded them on his camera phone as he watched in awe” (extract from article). Although i cannot see a link to the video.
*** Rossendale Free Press ” Mystery of UFO alley ”
” A VALLEY resident will feature on a TV documentary about close encounters with UFOs later this month. Mike Sacks, from Stacksteads, is interviewed on Five’s Britain’s Close Encounters about three sightings in Rossendale between late 1978 and mid 1979.The sheer number of incidents over the years has earned the region the nickname UFO alley – but is there any truth to these stories?’ Britain’s Close Encounters: UFO Alley is on Five on 23 July at 8pm” (extract from article).
Tito put in the comments, in another article on this website, a comment that i thought i would place here: Tito Says:
July 13, 2008 at 1:11 pm e
Hi yesterday at night round about midnight, 4 of us were walking up to my friends house, and this man passed, and said “i dont know about you but i have never seen anything like that b4 in my life” (he pointed to the sky) and it was like a glowing orange light, circular, quite large maybe half the size of the moon, it just flew or went passed, it was quite high in the sky, but we were watching it, and it seems to have been travelling quite quick, we watched it until it got right into the distance then it just vanished. I dont know if it was a UFO or some meteor, but i never seen nothing like it, i just thought i would share it with you, because im just curious, thanks Tito….
if anyone saw anything, please add a comment below (although we do not know where this sighting took place).
Harrow Times “UFO mystery unravelled ”
” She got in contact with the Harrow Times and we featured her spooky footage of the light as it hovered eerily over Stanmore Park on our website.Several people called her and explained that the light is Jupiter, which can be seen at certain times of the year.
She said: “Jupiter can be seen from Earth when looking southwards.”I got excited because it was a bright light hovering and I couldn’t explain it.”People are not aware that Jupiter can be seen, and I think it is interesting.”” (extract from article). The article was posted on the 3rd, and can be seen above.
This is Lincolnshire “UFO mystery of Lincolnshire skies”
” Six people in the last 16 months have reported seeing UFOs in the skies over Lincolnshire.
They have called the Ministry of Defence claiming they had witnessed visitors from outer space tracking the county’s skies.
The latest report was just a few weeks ago on June 23 in Welton, near Lincoln ” (extract from article).
Yorkshire evening post “VIDEO : Woodkirk woman spots UFOs ”
” CLOSE encounters of the first kind seem to be occurring regularly at weekends in a remote area near Dewsbury. Bright lights hover in the sky, sometimes in a triangular formation, and then apparently fly off at great speed ” (extract from article).
Rye and battle observer ” UFO hovered above marshes ”
“After a reader spotted a fast-moving light which appeared to stop then turn abruptly in the night sky above Heathfield, Sheila Dukes who lives in flats behind Waitrose, Hailsham, reports two separate sightings of a strange, cone-shaped object.
She told the Express: I first saw it last Saturday night, the same night the other reader saw it ” (extract from article).
Southport visiter “UPDATE: Overseas interest in Southport UFO image”
” A UFO spotted over West Lancashire could feature on an American Sci-Fi programme after experts denied the photograph was a fake.
Pat Regan, 51, of Sandbrook Road, snapped the oval object during the stormy weather last weekend and has since been hounded by international press ” (extract from article).