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Uk UFO sightings – September 2008 [ more articles to be added ]

Posted by dandare on September 29, 2008

                                 i will try and keep this up to date, with all information from the UK.

Please check back from time to time, as this will be updated regularly…If you see something that i have missed, please contact me (thanks).….

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. In september, this seems to have died down a bit now.

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.

Some incidents could be UFO balloons (please see:  https://dandare.wordpress.com/2007/05/19/ufo-balloons-what-are-they/ for more details, from a previous article).   

However, as i have said before, i am not sure what value they are to any UFO research. 

I’m afraid many also fail to follow up on their initial leads, and many reports just remain forgotten.


Halifax Courier ” Have girls solved the mysitery of the UFOs ? ” 

THE mystery of strange lights hovering in the sky above the Calder Valley may have been solved by two teenagers ” (extract from article).




 Lancashire Evening Post ” Investigators hunt for UFOs


 Hebden Bridge Times ” Chinese lanterns may explain UFOs ” (same article that was covered by the Halifax Courier – 1st september).














 Champion news ” Ufo mystery solved

Abigail Hyslop of Burscough read our story last week on US TV crews interviewing Southport author Pat Regan on the strange object he spotted on a photo of a funnel cloud.
Abigail had taken photos of the same weather phenomenon in July and captured an object she believes is a helicopter
.[.]..But Pat does not think it is the same object that he photographed” (extracts from article).

Louth Leader ” PHOTO: saucer-shaped rainbow UFO caught on camera ” 

Derry Journal “ Second UFO alert in Derry


Southport Visiter ” Southport’s UFO fire balls explained ” ( including video )

HIGH Park man has apologised after a sky lantern he released set alight over the Moss caused a full-scale emergency response ” (extract from article). 




news.scotsman.com ” RAF officer breaks 37-year silence on UFO radar mystery ” 

The incident, which has baffled and haunted Turner for decades, took place at RAF Sopley on the south-west coast of England in the summer of 1971.At the time he was Duty Military Supervisor and had the responsibility of monitoring the skies on radar screens for potential Soviet incursions…..[.]..

He said: “I can clearly remember people shouting: ‘What the hell is that?’ I got to a console and people were loudly telling me to look to the east of Salisbury Plain.”Twenty miles east of the eastern extremity was a series of returns, or radar blips, which were appearing in that position. There were five of them initially. Then six and then seven all following the same track.
“They were tracking south-east, each exactly six to seven miles apart and moving at exactly the same speed. At about 40 miles from the point they appeared on radar, they disappeared, to be followed almost immediately by a replacement at the point of origin.
“The objects were about 3,000ft above ground level when they first appeared and climbed so rapidly that, by the time they disappeared from radar they were in excess of 60,000ft.
“To climb to such a height in only 40 miles was beyond the ability of almost any fighter aircraft at that time.”In a bid to solve the mystery Turner diverted an RAF Canberra jet, which was returning from West Germany, to intercept the intruders.
“When the pilot got within a mile or so of one particular blip, he reported, in a very agitated voice, that his radar had picked up something on his port side that was ‘climbing like the clappers’. Neither the pilot nor his navigator made any visual contact with whatever it was.”

Within days, Turner was summoned into the Squadron Leader’s office and questioned by two men, who wore civilian clothes and were not identified, about the incident ” (extracts from article). 



 This is Bristol ” City’s close encounter with UFO’s

There were eerie goings on in the skies above Fishponds on Saturday night, according to residents who spotted a series of flashing orange lights” (extract from article).

Dinnington Today ” Saturday night UFO in Aston ”  ( short article ).


 Sarborough Evening News ” More sightings of strange lights ” 

MORE strange lights have been reported over the Scarborough and Robin Hoood’s Bay area and the sightings are becoming so frequent that UFO hunters are planning to set up permanent cameras to keep a close watch on the night skies.

The latest sighting was above Asquith Avenue in Scarborough and follows several reports of strange orange-coloured lights above Scarborough Castle a few weeks ago ” (extract from article).

Thaindian.com ” Now, UFOs spotted dancing in the air over Bristol ” 

Watford Observer ” UFO mystery in Mill End ” ( with 3 videos )

Four witnesses, three of whom took mobile phone footage of the alleged craft, contacted the Watford Observer this morning to tell us what they saw. Andrew Baskeyfield said a large ball of light hovered in the air for a few minutes at around 7.30pm ” (extracts from article).

The Sun ” UFO link to orange lights

UFO researchers were yesterday investigating more than 100 reported sightings of mysterious bright orange lights in the night sky ” (extract from article).


 This is Bristol ” Bristol UFO mystery solved

Mysterious orange lights seen floating in the sky over Bristol have now been identified.The UFOs seen in a number of locations from Fishponds to Westbury-on-Trym were actually a new slow-burning alternative to fireworks, known as sky lanterns ” (extract from article).

Louth Leader ” BUFORA offer possible explanation for orange lights UFOs

We contacted BUFORA’s chairman Robert Rosamond for his expert opinion and an update on the current increase in UFO activity around the UK, he said: “We have received quite a number of sighting reports recently – some including images that would suggest a curious increase in national UFO activity.
“I have to state from the outset, that an inordinate number of these reports are suspiciously similar to the Chinese lantern profile, both in colour and in their behaviour patterns.
“It is perhaps worth pointing out to the uninitiated that a column of lanterns are often tethered, and as such appear to fly across the night sky in a controlled ‘line astern’ and thus uniform formation
” (extract from article).

Metro.co.uk ” Is this really a UFO ? “ 

Andrew Baskeyfield spotted the unexplained ball of light circling above his home in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, at about 7:30pm Monday night.

The bright white dot, which was still visible in daylight against the blue cloudy sky, is simultaneously seen dancing around the screen of three separate mobile phones belonging to the 23-year-old, his father and older brother ” (extract from article).


 The Shields Gazette ” Could this explain the UFO mystery

One man handed the Gazette a video of wedding guests in Whitburn sending up mini hot-air balloons into the sky.

After the 100 mini balloons were ignited, they floated off into the night ” (extract from article).

Wigan Today ” Odd-shaped UFO spotted

“It was a slightly overcast evening and the clouds were grey when I saw six very dark objects in very close formation.”They were like rubber balls and they were very close together in a circle.
“My son was with me and we both had a look through our binoculars.

 The objects were turning towards the Downhall Green area and were in sight for a good five minutes below the line of the clouds.”They were very slow-moving but it definitely wasn’t balloons and after
observing them for some time they just seemed to vanish from sight.”
…[.]…In a separate incident, a man from Billinge e-mailed the Reporter on the subject of UFOs.
His email read: “Did anyone else see the unusual flaming object in the sky over Billinge/Orrell at 9.35pm tonight? (Sunday, August 31)
” (extracts from article).








 ufo digest ” Confusion and contradictions, the cardiff UFO sightings

UFOs over Cardiff?” screamed the South Wales Echo, with a picture of the ‘Independence Day’ mothership hovering over the Cardiff city skyline. As the story broke around the world all three of the aforementioned government bodies would spend the next few weeks fighting off a media frenzy and trying to satisfy researchers searching questions ” (extract from article).

Bedford today ” Crop circle amazes the world

Andy Fazekas, president of Luton Paranormal Society, said his group had investigated a number of crop circles over the years. He said: ‘Barton has recently been the centre of UFO activity and it could be linked to the new crop circle. However it would appear the evidence is limited as no-one actually saw who made the crop circle.’
Despite this Andy felt it was more likely that the circle was man-made. He said: ‘What we are aware of is that within Luton and the surrounding areas there are a number of people who believe that crop circles are an attempt by aliens trying to talk to us and our group would welcome anyone with an interest in crop circles to contact us further about this
” (extract from article). 

Salisbury Journal ” UFO mystery solved

THE UFOs seen in the skies above Salisbury at the weekend have been revealed as Chinese sky lanterns, set off by partygoers celebrating a double birthday ” (extract from article).

Evening leader ” Triangular UFOs spotted near Wrexham

STRANGE, dazzling lights flying slowly through the night sky have been reported near Wrexham, sparking a new UFO scare.

The Evening Leader has been inundated with calls reporting the triangular shapes over Rhos, as well as sightings in Johnstown and Borras ” (extract from article).


 Leyland Guardian ” Chorley in UFO alert

BAE Sytems worker Neil Simpson was at his home in Saville Street, Chorley, at around 9.50pm when he saw the light in the sky.
Seconds later his partner, who on her way to work, rang to say she had seen an amazing orange light in front of her car as she drove down the slip road to the M61 at Botany Bay
” (extract from article). similar article in Chorley Guardian here .

Wigan Today ” Flaming UFO spotted last night

A man has emailed the wigantoday newsroom asking if anyone else saw a bizarre Unidentified Flaming Object in Shevington last night” (extract from article).

Evening Leader ” Wrexham UFOs – Experimental balloons, aliens or chinese lanterns ?




 Leyland Guardian ” More Chorley UFO sightings

A mysterious orange light spotted above houses in Lancashire has sparked a string of suspected UFO sightings.Residents across Chorley have come forward after seeing the strange flashing light on Monday evening ” (extract from article).

This is Croydon Today ” UFO spotted in Croydon night sky






 BBC local news ” Police probe Sausage shaped UFO

A large black, sausage-shaped balloon was reported floating above Slades Farm Road, in Bournemouth, on Saturday.

Police sent an officer to investigate who found it to be a bundle of bin liners tethered with balloons which had started floating in the air ” (extract from article).


Daily Express ” Party sparks UFO alert ” 

TWO birthday girls sparked a UFO alert after releasing flying Chinese lanterns at their party ” (extract from article).


Evening Leader ” UFO affected TV reception – Wrexham woman claims

The Evening Leader has once again been besieged with calls and emails from members of the public reporting fresh sightings of strange lights in the night sky over North Wales ” (extract from article).

5 Responses to “Uk UFO sightings – September 2008 [ more articles to be added ]”

  1. paul hatherall said

    On Friday 3rd of oct 2008, at about 21.30 i was travelling from the swansea area to home, and above junction 34 + just west of it saw about 7-8 orange ball like orange glowing shapes at various different heights. They appeared static but cannot be sure as i was moving at the time, i was with a work colleague at the time and he also saw them. I just wondered if anyone else had reported this????? I am working in the area tomorrow night and will keep my eyes peeled.

    Ta Paul

  2. D Osborne said

    Whilst travelling from Hucknall to Arnold Nottingham this evening Saturday 18th October at about 8pm I saw a stream of UFOs moving through the sky in an easterly direction. They were individual orange/yellow lights, at first I thought maybe hot air balloons or similar ut they were moving too fast. They definitely were not helicopters or planes as there must have been in excess of 100 in all. How do I find out what they were and if anyone else has reported them?

  3. charlene said

    > Date of Sighting: 7-10-08> Time of Sighting: 7.00> Location of Sighting: burton christchurch> Number of witnesses: 2> Number of objects: 10+> Shape of objects: round> Full Description of event/sighting: Coming back from Bashley down the back > rounds to Burton my dad stopped the car suddenly in the middle of the road > to look at stars/planes he jumped up and out the car shouting at me to get > out too. once out we watched large orange air crafts take off from a field > one after the other flting east very high into the sky until we lost sight > one after the other for about 5 minutes. we cannot explain what we saw.

  4. dandare said

    Sorry for the long delay in replying paul….. i apologise for that. i have not seen any similar reports, although http://www.hbccufo.org/ has alot of reports that are posted in everyday; might be worth seeing if anyone has reported a similar sighting… i have checked but might have missed it. Thanks for your sighting, and when i get my act together, i will post it on the readers encounters page (on this blog); unfortunately i am way behind on this though, but will try and catch up.

  5. dandare said

    D Osbourne, thanks for posting your sighting; i would suggest websites for reporting like http://www.nuforc.org/ ,http://www.hbccufo.org/,and http://www.mufon.com/.
    Also http://www.abovetopsecret.com/ i have seen a wealth of knowledge there, although the arguments can sometimes get heated, but worth it.
    for information http://www.ufocasebook.com/ ; or websites on the left side of my website….
    for sateillite tracking have a look at http://science.nasa.gov/realtime/jtrack/Spacecraft.html
    Also, Go to http://www.heavens-above.com for more information of what was in the sky at the time. I would also recommend these sites to Paul too.
    ALso will post your sighting on the readers page, when i can.

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