I have a fascination with mysterious objects that appear to be directed by intelligent control.
Several examples of this type of bizarre phenomenon have been brought to my attention, some of which I have reported in my last book – UFO: The Search for Truth and on North West UFO Research website.
I hope the following examples will provide further insight for readers.
On Wednesday 7th January 2009 Jo Kelly from the Southport Visiter contacted me. Jo stated that she had been contacted by a woman who said she had seen a UFO and wanted to speak to someone in the area who might be able to shed some light on it.
As Jo requested, I telephoned the witness who was out at the time. Nevertheless, later on the evening of 7th January her husband phoned me back. He explained at length what had happened.
Monday 5th January 2009.
On this dark and very cold night, the couple had been walking their two dogs along Tanhouse Road in Skelmersdale, Lancashire. They were walking through an underpass when they noticed a strange oscillating sphere of about 4 inches in diameter that shone blue, yellow and green light. This object was at head height in a stationary position.
As they approached the sphere it suddenly moved towards them as if startled causing the husband to throw up his hands in defence. He thought it was about to hit them. It then flew right between the couple and disappeared behind them. The male witness, a local delivery driver, told me that they were both left staggered by the event and in a state of disbelief.
He explained that the strangest thing was that the UFO seems to be acting under its “own intelligence” and as if stunned by their presence.
I do not know what this UFO was. However, I explained to the male witness that it sounded similar to reports I had heard of ball lightening although this natural phenomenon seems to be more common in thundery weather when it is warmer. I also mentioned that the actions he described reminded me of the so-called “Foo Fights,” strange balls of light that whizzed around aircraft in WW11, and created alarm for many pilots at that time.
I rang up the male witness to check the accuracy of the above report and he agreed it was correct. However, he also drew my attention to a fascinating UFO report that had just hit the headlines at that time.
The Sun newspaper reported (8th Jan, 2008) that a wind turbine stood wrecked yesterday with one of its giant 65ft blades torn off after it was hit by a UFO. Mystified power bosses said of the smash in Conisholme, Lincolnshire: “We have a team investigating.”
There was no sign of the missing blade. In fact the turbine’s huge 65ft blade was ripped off in the collision and cannot seem to be found (the blade was later discovered, see below). A UFO expert told the Sun: “We are very excited.”
Allegedly dozens of people saw mysterious flashing orangey-yellow spheres over Lincolnshire where the turbine was left in ruins. Records show there were no aircraft in the area at the time of the initial UFO reports, or at the time of the incident.
One man said he spotted a massive ball of light with “tentacles” going right down to the ground over the wind farm. He claimed it looked just like an octopus. Moreover, a female motorist claimed she saw a UFO streaking towards the turbine prior to the peculiar collision. Others said they saw balls of flames.
This was perceptibly a serious air safety issue; just like several UFOs I later went on to photograph near jets at the Southport Air Show in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
I wondered at that time if the Conisholme events held any feasible relationship to the sphere of oscillating lights that the Skelmersdale couple saw?
The Sun reported that the MoD glibly said of the latest scare: “Unless there is evidence of a potential threat, there is no attempt to identify the nature of each sighting.”
In the Sun’s report, Nick Pope (who kindly wrote the Foreword for my last book) repeated the ongoing call for the MoD to take more action as this is another air safety issue. Nick said that the Lincolnshire event could be the “most significant” UFO incident for years.
Another point in the Sun report was quite remarkable. A witness called Lesley Whittingham photographed strange lights in the sky, which were pictured in the account.
I recall coming home one afternoon through Southport my home town and seeing a very similar sight. I was driving home with my teenage son Kyle at the time (early December 2008) and we thought that the lights were just some form of natural phenomena comparable to the shades of a rainbow, but of a circular shape. We thought no more about this until we saw it again in the Sun’s report.
Nevertheless, what more verification does the MoD need (i.e. huge wind turbine blades flying through the sky) that these are serious air safety issues that it should be investigating immediately?
A spokesperson for Ecotricity, which runs the wind farm at Conisholme, Louth said the wind turbines have apparatus which registers things like extraordinary vibrations that can be examined as part of their investigation into what happened.
They later confirmed that the missing blade had been found on the ground at the site.
Nick Pope said at the time:
“This of course, raises another question – are the right people doing the investigation into this? I think the police should be involved and cordon off the site and launch a detailed search and sweep of the area. They could bring in metal detectors to search for debris from the blades.”
Nick added: “My view is something big must have hit the wind turbine to cause that damage and it appears in this case that the UFO witnesses are very respectable, and clearly not people who are making this up.”
County councillor and turkey farmer for the area Robert Palmer said he had seen a “round, white light that seemed to be hovering”. He added: “I am not counting it out that it was a UFO.” The councillor wanted local authorities to investigate what caused the damage.
Dr Peter Schubel, from the University of Nottingham, is an expert in the design and manufacture of wind turbine blades. He told the BBC that if the turbine blade was still, it would take the equivalent of a 10-tonne load to do that kind of damage, but if it was rotating, or hit by a moving object, the force could be a lot less.
However a mechanical failure was also cited as a possible cause. Fraser McLachlan, chief executive of GCube, which insures more than 25,000 wind turbines worldwide, said such incidents occurred about five or six times a year. “I reckon something the size and weight of a cow would do it,” Dale Vince of energy firm Ecotricity told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “If there is a rational explanation – we will come up with it.” Of course sensitive wind farm bosses would not want to alarm the public with safety issues concerning the dangers behind giant turbine blades, yet flying cows seemed rather improbable at that time. However, whatever the cause the mystery continued.
This issue then calls into question the safely aspects surrounding these massive and costly wind turbines, which many experts allege to be highly inefficient devices.
Whatever one’s view’s about the UFO phenomenon questions need to be urgently asked. Authoritarian indifference will not do!
Sam Clack of Dune FM Radio station interviewed me on 9th January 2009. Sam was particularly interested in the way the MoD have limited interest in the UFO stories at hand.
The Skelmersdale UFO sighting has since been reported in an article by Henry James of the Champion newspaper; 14th January, 2009 and other places. I also recall that at the time I asked if others had seen this object.
The Skelmersdale UFO was one event that genuinely made me think hard about the possibilities of us being monitored.
In UFO: The Search for Truth I reported several more strange entities that arrived in the Haste Hill Golf Course area of Northwood, Middlesex.
One involved a bright ball of light about the size of a golf ball that came hurdling towards dog walkers. It was not however a golf ball for it “fizzled out” on the ground a few seconds after it had landed. It was said to have an “electrical appearance”. The strange ball left no marks on the ground after it had gone out. I am informed that one of the witnesses stated that he would never have believed this if he had not seen it for himself with his own eyes.
Another sighting happened on a fairway next to the public footpath that joins Northwood and Haste Hill golf courses. The same walkers witnessed a strange light emanating from the fairway. The light was very wide – about 100 feet yet coming from a relatively small origin.
The beam seemed unusual and rose some 20 feet into the sky and it “spread very quickly”. It seems that this eerie light source lasted for about 10 minutes.
Ruislip Woods gave an account of a UFO that appeared to dog walkers then zoomed away.
Close to Northwood, this incidence occurred in the late 1990s and happened in Ruislip Woods at about 11.00pm.
Again, dog walkers were strolling down a path in the woods when they saw an unidentified light ahead, which they at first took to be a bicycle with the front light moving towards them. However, they were wrong – it was not a bicycle at all.
As they got nearer to the light it seemed to be stationary and around 3-4 inches in diameter. They got as close as 7-8 feet from the mysterious light and it made a “whirring noise” and again had an electrical appearance. The astonished walkers witnessed the strange light for about 10 seconds before it shot away horizontally at great pace.
Somewhat strangely, the three dogs they had with them paid no attention of the UFO.
It would be logical to deduce that an object that was not acting under guided control would merely fall to the ground.
I was especially fascinated by the Ruislip UFO. Objects that are slowly approached by witnesses and then fly off at great speeds, as if startled, may imply the potential of some form of unidentified intelligence.
TERRESTRIAL OR EXTRATERRESTRIAL IN ORIGIN
This intelligence may be either of a presently unrecognised earthy source, spiritual or alternately of an altogether extraterrestrial nature.
Some witnesses have suggested that such UFOs have given them the strong impression that they were being “monitored” by the entity.
Yes, a weird feeling that one is being watched; much like in some ghost or poltergeist reports we hear of on occasion.
In my research I have come across this weird phenomenon before and believe that it requires much greater analysis. Some witnesses have been visibly shaken by such events involving these peculiar things. Are they dangerous to us or can we simply marvel at their existence, although it is not yet fully understood?
For the sake of clarity, let’s grant such unidentified objects with a term all of their own.
I shall refer to these entities as “Monitoring Light Orbs”, (MLOs).
So there we have it folks; a new UFO expression has, I think, new been coined by yours truly!
I must add however that we already recognise a phenomenon that may at time fit the bill herein.
For example we do know of the ethereal light occasionally seen at night or twilight over bogs swamps, marshland, cemeteries etc, which is the so-called Will-o’-the-wisp or ignis fatuus. It resembles a gleaming lantern and is sometimes said to draw away in an eerie fashion if one approaches it.
In some traditional folklore beliefs the Will o’ the wisp indicates that a corpse lies in the immediate area.
Alternatively, they are said to be portents of death or disaster. These entities are in fact frequently called ‘corpse candles’ for good reason.
One potential example of this weird incidence was brought to my attention by Mr Carl Barron.
The Walkford UFO
Carl sent me an image of a bizarre glowing UFO that was photographed along with others in Walkford Woodland Burial Ground in Dorset.
Strange objects have appeared in the night skies over the Burial Grounds and surrounding fields, I am informed, especially during the colder months of wintertime. Such entities would fit in well with the ignis fatuus theory over such areas where the dead are buried.
Many tales exist in folklore about this ghostly phenomenon yet can we be certain that it is entirely of ‘earthly’ origin?
Now the correlation, if any, between my reported accounts of MLOs and the Will-o’-the-wisp may be an intriguing research project for a later date.