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UK – UFO Sightings [ December 2008] Updated regularly

Posted by dandare on December 7, 2008

uk-sightings-sign-222i 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.

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.


Thisiscroydon ” Is this the latest Croydon UFO ?

It’s not every day that you take a picture out of your bedroom window and snap a UFO.

But that’s exactly what Carol Ashby believes she did one hazy morning in November.

Ms Ashby told The Advertiser she was sure the disc of light floating above her home in Hazelwood Grove, Sanderstead, had extraterrestrial origins.

She claimed: “I don’t know what else it could be – although I didn’t notice it at the time.” ” (extract from article).

Weston and Somerset Mercury ” Aliens visit North Somerset ?

One website visitor wrote: “I saw some strange lights on Friday night over our place in Kewstoke. ” (extract from short article).

alienssWeston and Somerset Mercury ” UFO sighting on Seafront ” 

In their posting, the couple said: “We both saw two glowing white lights that seemed to grow in size at water level, then it went dark. Then red lights appeared in the exact same spot and almost looked like a mini-firework display on top of the water ” (extract from article).

Bury Free Press ” UFO sighting over Bury St Edmunds cathedral ” 

The man, who did not want to give his name, said he was walking near the cathedral at around 10pm when there was a sudden power cut.” (extract from article).


Sunday Mercury ” Spinning and hovering UFO seen in Staffordshire

Recently released Ministry of Defence files have underlined the fact our area is a UFO hotspot.

And as researchers trawl through the declassified files, we investigate Cannock’s largest and most mysterious sighting… Over the course of two nights, in 1993, the MoD received a startling number of UFO sightings across the country. Incredibly, two RAF bases in Staffordshire also reported incidents – one being RAF Cosford ” (extract from article).

The Guardian ” Hacker in final showdown to avoid extradition to US mckinnon460x276

The British man accused of hacking into US military computers will have his final showdown in the UK courts next month.

After almost four years of fighting extradition to the US as a result of what prosecutors have called “the biggest military computer hack of all time”, Londoner Gary McKinnon will face a judicial review conducted by the high court on January 20 ” (extract from article).


The Argus ” Aliens spotted at Bay Estate ” 

According to the anonymous posting, on http://www.ufoinfo.com, the Dundalk person saw a blue white light in the sky from the back of their house in Bay Estate on November 2nd around 8.25pm ” (extract from article).

Yorkshire Evening Post ” Unexplained flying object

LAST night my girlfriend and I were coming back from Tesco around 6.30pm towards Boggart Hill in Leeds and we noticed three bright red lights fly across the sky, coming from the north, then they seemed to change direction and go north-west over Leeds towards Bradford ” (extract from short article).

EADT24 ” UFO spotted over cathedral

heathm20081201154645The report was today confirmed by a police spokeswoman who said: “We received a report at 10.43 pm on Saturday from a gentleman who said he’d seen a large object spinning in the sky for around 10 to 12 minutes, which looked like a UFO. This was the only report received.” ” (extract from article).

Southport Visiter ” Official figures reveal UFO sightings over Southport area

THERE were three sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects in the Southport area in the past 11 years, the Visiter can reveal.

Official Ministry of Defence records show there were two between 1997 and 2007, but the Visiter knows there was a further sighting earlier this year ” (extract from article).


ufo-online-undergroundSunday Mercury ” All UFO sightings are fake – its official

Right, so if they are pretty advanced, more advanced than us then why would they light up their crafts like a flipping christmas tree?

They wouldn’t, they would have developed a more stealthy approach, a non-lit, night-vision kind of technology surely?

If they are in our skies they obviously don’t want to be found do they, otherwise they would have landed and had a cup of Rosy Lee with The Queen wouldn’t they?” (extract from article). I would have liked to have posted the whole article, but felt the interlect was just too much for this blogging site…… not. 

Grantham Journal ” UFOs: ‘ They’re trying to warn us of something…’  ” 

Beverley Parker spotted mysterious lights hovering over Normanton-on-Cliffe last week.

She said: “It was a very clear night and at first I saw a light which I thought was an aircraft. But it seemed to be hovering in the same place for a long time  (extract from article).


 Yorkshire Evening Post ” Another UFO sighting

On Saturday, November 30 at around 7.30pm I was going outside to put some rubbish in the bin when I gazed up to the north-west, toward Roundhay Park, and noticed three lights in formation heading towards us. They were candlelight in colour and brighter than any star out that night.

As the lights moved towards us on a completely clear night they began to turn towards McDonald’s. As they turned, another light appeared fom nowhere and continued along the same path
” (extract from article).

BBC Berkshire ” A close encounter in Berkshire

chippenham_flying_saucer_203x152If you can remember back as far as September 1967, a historian is looking for people’s memories of an ‘alien invasion’ which took place 41 years ago in Berkshire.

On the morning of Monday 4 September 1967, people in southern England began stumbling across several small flying saucers.

Two were found in Berkshire, one at Welford and another at Winkfield ” (extract from article).  Also link to original news bulletin from 1967 about this. Later on, it mentions that it was a hoax, made by the engineer apprentices.

Peeblesshire News ” Father Christmas blamed for UFO sightings






 Evening Leader “ Flintshire couple photograph UFOs from bedroom window th1_81220081int37w1p08fpufos

The latest sighting was made by Ray McGowan and his wife Avril, who saw strange lights from their bedroom window in Holywell.” “My wife called me to look at the strange lights she could see and I took some photographs.

“We would love to know what they were” (extract from article).

Birmingham Mail ” UFOs spotted close to popular Brummie holiday resort

Town councillor William Barton, from Shotton, north Wales, claims to have seen the strange spectacle in the towns skies on November 28.

He rushed to grab his binoculars and called on neighbours to show them the phenomenon.

He said: There were about six of them and they appeared and then vanished for a while.

They were bowl-shaped, orange blobs, with a glow of light around them ” (extract from article).

Weston and somerset Mercury ” UFOs spotted in the skies ” 

Several readers have contacted the Weston & Somerset Mercury about the UFOs, which were seen on Friday night.

Rooksbridge resident Stephen Hardie was outside the Wellington Arms pub in the village when he spotted the phenomenon and even climbed on a bench to get a closer look ” (extract from article). 

Hartlepool mail “ UFO close Encounter


Paranormal enthusiast Richard D Hall will stage a show featuring footage of flying saucers and video interviews with witnesses said to have had close encounters with visitors from other planets…[.]…..Aliens and UFOs takes place at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, Raby Road, on Wednesday, December 17, at 7.30pm. Tickets, priced £8 adults and £7 concessions, are available from Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre, Church Square, or call the box office on (01429) 890000 ” (extracts from article).

Shields Gazette ” Did our readers see a UFO ? ”

One motorist said: “I was driving in York Avenue, in Jarrow, when I saw two bright lights, one higher than the other, in the direction of Wardley.”

A resident of Ullswater Gardens, South Shields, added: “I saw two unusually bright lights. They were quite remarkable ” (extract from short article).

Evening Star 24 ” More sightings of UFO over Suffolk


Fresh reports of the “amazing” light show over Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, November 29, have come in from resident Carol Marsh, who lives in the shadow of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Mrs Marsh said she and a group of friends watched entranced at around 10.30pm as the lights travelled low in the sky from Northgate Street, over the cathedral and neighbouring St Mary’s Church and out of sight towards Southgate Street” (extract from article).

Shropshire Star ” March of UFO spotters continues

000003039759thumbnailFrank, a man who likes to log things thoroughly, made extensive notes of his sighting at 7.45pm on October 25,1961, which he has turned into a document, details of which read: “A huge flying object passed over the airfield – and the writer – and then vanished into thin air!’
At the time Frank told members of his family about what he’d seen. They naturally thought he was crazy. But he was determined.
“My life changed from that moment on,” he admits. “I became mathematically minded and worked as a quantity surveyor.” ” (extract from article).
alienssEast Herts Herald 24 ” Mystery over Hertford fireball

A FIREBALL blazed across the skies above Hertford on Sunday night.

The UFO sped across the sky at just after 8.30pm.

An eyewitness wrote in an online forum: “It travelled south and I tracked it for about two minutes. It was at quite a height, bright orange and had shots of what looked like orange flame that shot from the sides or top every now and then. As it got south of Hertford it went out of sight, either extinguished or to a height or at a distance where it could not be seen.
“There were no other lights with it such as you would normally expect on a plane. Sounds bonkers but I definitely saw it ” ” (extract from article). 
This is South Devon ” Flying saucer lights spotted in the sky ” 

The first sightings were on Sunday between 5.30pm and 6pm over the skies of Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton. John Rayner, of Kingsteignton, said: “I could see circular objects following each other up through the sky. They were red lights with a kind of orangy-coloured bottom ” (extract from article).

Evening Leader “ UFOs riddle deepens after Wrexham report of lights in sky

The people making the observations described having seen distinctive lights which cannot be readily explained away, although in one instance the viewer thought he may have been watching bright planets ” (extract from article).


Lancashire Evening Post (LEP) ” Great balls of Fire ” 

th1_1112200842phne20pictures200182Could this be a meteoroid heading for Preston?

Bus driver Thomas Drew snapped this ball of fire flying across the sky above the city. The 23-year-old grabbed his mobile phone to take a picture of the strange sight on Tuesday December 2 (extract from article).

Peeblesshire News ” Tweeddale the setting for UFO exposure

Cannock chase post ” UFO claim for Cannock skies ” ok, take a good look at the photo in the link, and tell me what you honestly see….


Shields Gazette ” Gazette reader solves UFO sighting

Now it appears their identity has been rumbled by two keen amateur astronomers.
Michael Coltman, of Highfield Road, South Shields, has been an observer of astronomy since the 1960s.
He has also seen the strange lights in the skies in recent days.
And Mr Coltman has been able to identify them – as the planets Venus and Jupiter
” (extract from article).

news.scotsman.com ” Balloon goes up on UFO sightings ” whole article below:

UFO sightings in the skies above Inverness turned out to be tiny hot-air balloons used during St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

Police confirmed they received several reports of mystery objects over the city on Sunday night. But it was part of Highland Council’s St Andrew’s party. About 5,000 people turned out for the celebration “.

robbieMetro.com ” Robbie to move to UFO hot spot ?

The seven-bedroom mansion, in Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, lies in the heart of crop circle country, with meetings of enthusiasts held just yards from the 18th century house.

The singer’s well-documented interest in UFOs will not turn heads in the village – in summer the White Horse pub’s skittle alley becomes an impromptu research centre welcoming the world’s crop circle followers ” (extract from article).

Evening Star 24 ” New UFO spotted in Anglian Skies

When Neal Herbert bought a new camera he tried a few night-time shots in Norwich – and found something he wasn’t expecting. “When I opened the files, I noticed that one had something which I would have to erase,” he said.

On closer inspection he decided to enlarge that section of the image – and found something which caught his eye” (extract from article).

Weston and Somerset Mercury  ” But the gap between the lights was too big

I’M replying to your UFO article, page 15, December 4. That Friday evening I, my son Luke, and his grandad Mike Tucker, were on the end of Brean Down.
I was trying to identify some constellations when all three of us noticed two lights in the sky, parallel and quite widely-spaced apart
” (extract from article).

**** Already this month a pattern seems to be forming… well with the local media anyway… ie (several local’s have started this) with people who saw nothing when they took photos, but later it transpires that a UFO is in the shot ***

Will we have a batch of these type reports coming out… could be wrong though, maybe its a coincedence.






Louth Leader ” Weird glowing balls over town – What are these UFOs ? ” 

Neil Brewer saw them from his garden in Fulmar Drive at around 9.30pm and could not believe his eyes.
He told us: “There were three orange balls in the sky, travelling in a triangular shape. They were quite big and the same colour as an after burner of a jet.
“They were spherical and made no sound whatsover. It was very weird. They were about 1,000 ft up and moving fairly fast. They almost seemed to be following the meridian line
” (extract from article).


Herald 24 (East Herts Edition) ” Video: UFO seen in the skies above Cheshunt ” (including video).

A multicoloured ball of light was seen by a startled Cheshunt couple, who videoed the ‘close encounter of the third kind’ on a mobile phone.
Mary Georgiou, of Southmead Crescent, contacted the Herald after reading our story last week about the ‘Hertford Fireball’, which blazed across the sky on December 7
” (extract from article).

Get Bracknell “ Remember the ’67 UFO student hoax ?

1967student-hoax Christopher Lever, then a City gent from Winkfield, found a suspect silver saucer in the paddock at his home, Nyewood House, on September 4, 1967.

Unbeknown to Lever, who has since been made a Knight of the Realm for his services to conservation, five other similar crafts were found around the country – sparking fears of an alien invasion ” (extract from article).


All News Web ” UFO over Suffolk Cathedral: possible photo emerges ” (plus a link to a youtube still of the photo).

Now a photographer has captured an image of a UFO that appears surprisingly similar to the UFO described as hovering over the cathedral. Local man, Mr Kevin Dean, took the photo in Suffolk in the vicinity of Bury St Edmunds only days after the cathedral UFO was spotted. The photo was one of seventeen taken by the photographer ” (extract from article).


Evening Star 24 “ UFO man feared alien invasion

THE man who called the police about a UFO above St Edmundsbury Cathedral today told how he feared an alien invasion.
Police were alerted to the unexplained phenomenon on November 29 at about 10.43pm
….[.]…..Describing what he saw, the man said: “The UFO seemed to be quite high up in the sky. I just saw this silver thing which kept spinning around. It went away and came back again. Several seconds later this large orange ball of fire was beneath it. I looked up at the sky and I just said to myself ‘what the heck is that?’ ” (extracts from article).


 Halesowen News ” Halesowen UFO sighting

halesowenufodecember08Witnesses have described how they saw a “long string of lights” moving slowly over the town at around 7.30pm last night.

Richard Wells, of Waxland Road, said he was with around a dozen people who watched around 60 to 70 lights moving slowly in the sky toward Birmingham ” (extract from article).

Sky News ” Source of Midlands UFO revealed

The mystery objects were identified as a cluster of cheap flying lanterns.

They had been released into the night sky last night during a children’s carol service at a nearby primary school in Halesowen.

Stunned residents were left mistified after seeing the silent night interrupted by a “long string of lights” travelling across the sky.

The bemused locals contacted local UFO enthusiasts – who were convinced the sightings among the stars in the bright sky were genuine ” (extract from article). dandare_avatar_created


 this is Nottingham.co.uk ” 21 UFO sightings in Police X-files

New figures from the force reveal a total of 21 UFO sightings in the county were recorded in 11 calls to the force control room between November 1 in 2003 and October 31 this year.

One caller reported seven sightings in Eastwood, followed by another five from two callers in Newark.

A Notts Police spokesman said: “While we would advise the public to contact the Civil Aviation Authority to report any sightings, we do receive the occasional report of a UFO to the control room.

“In the event of a call, we would contact the East Midlands air traffic control to see if they are aware of anything that could be a UFO and report the sighting to them.”

In May this year, police quashed extra-terrestrial speculation by saying a suspected UFO seen in Beeston was actually a force helicopter ” (extract from article).

Sunday Mercury ” UFOs over Halesowen…. the truth!

THE truth may well be out there, but it’s not in the skies above the Black Country.

The mystery behind the sighting of dozens of bright circular objects over Halesowen was solved last night – schoolkids releasing Chinese Lanterns after a Christmas carol service ” (extract from article).






 The Huddersfield Daily Examiner “ Expert View: Is there life beyond our solar system?

The detection of life beyond our solar system would be the most profound scientific discovery in history. DR PAUL ELLIOTT, a lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, looks at how close we are to such a discovery…[.]…Professor Brown’s lecture will be given in the Canalside West Lecture Theatre (room CWS/10) Firth Street, Huddersfield at 7pm on Friday, January 9 2009 ” (extracts from article).

News.Scotsman.com ” UFO alert over girl’s christmas letter to Santa Claus ”

The father-of-three was trying to give his five-year-old daughter Ellie a science lesson after she quizzed him about hot air balloons.
It wasn’t until he heard his neighbours talking about the sightings that he realised the uproar he had caused
” (extract from article).

Sunday Mercury ” UFO photographed in Cannock

A Cannock man got more than he bargained for when he took a snap of Cannock Town Centre – and accidently captured a ‘UFO’ hovering above Pye Green Road.

Chase Post reader Robert Teuu said he was stunned after viewing the picture of the LA Rock Cafe and noticing the strange object high in the sky ” (extract from article).  I usually do not comment, but must intervene her and say ” why the hell was he stunned….. unless he has never seen balloons before?? have a look at the article, to see the photo, and decide for yourself. 


 Paisley Daily Express ” We wish UFO a merry Christmas

AN eagle-eyed believer has sparked a Christmas mystery after reporting a spooky sighting of UFOs flying high in the sky above Renfrewshire.

The sighting, which took place on a clear night, has been reported to a leading UFO research website.

Now experts hope to discover if the unusual event was merely Santa running a pre-Christmas test drive on his sleigh or if there is something far spookier going on ” (extract from article). For more, Yule have to click the link above.


One Response to “UK – UFO Sightings [ December 2008] Updated regularly”

  1. Dave said

    on the 31st dec 08 i saw a orange flame like ball in the sky over travelling west fron north east coast (amble, northumberland) around 6.30 pm and it lasted for around 10 mins until it disappeared, but one thing it never decented it went across the sky at a steady pace, does anyone know what is going on?

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