Thursday, 11 December 2008

St Edmundsbury Cathedral ‘Power Cut' UFO Has Multiple Witnesses (Nov-Dec 2008)

Reports are still coming (Dec 11th 2008) in regarding the Bury St Edmunds UFO sighting. (The UFO was spotted on the 29th November 2008). According to one of the witnesses it was of a ‘classic' flying saucer, i.e. metallic grey and appeared to be spinning. The media reports which were posted online were quick to point out that back on the 3rd September 2008, a UFO was reported to be spinning and tilting over houses in the area (Mildenhall and Howard estates).

Perhaps a more interesting (and corroborated) aspect of this particular UFO report is regarding the two power-cuts that seemingly accompanied the sighting and is suggested to have heralded its appearance. Back in the day the interruption of electrics, electrical interference, internal combustion engines malfunctioning or failing etc. were reported along with UFO sightings & experiences a great deal more than in recent times and if believed (and in the majority of cases there's no reason not to) is certainly an intriguing and physical side effect of these encounters. This has also been reported in some other 'high profile' UFO reports .....

Here's part of an article posted by the Bury Free Press on the 1st December:

UFO sighting over Bury St Edmunds (Cathedral) Sat 29th Nov (2008)
Bury Free Press UFO Report
(Published 1st December 2008)

An anonymous witness stated:

"I looked up at the sky - I was quite frightened. There was a grey thing spinning around and around. About four or five other people were looking up at the sky….."It went around the cathedral and then disappeared. Then I saw this bright orange ball fly through the sky from Churchgate Street towards the churchyard….. I'm just puzzled by it all."

He said a friend had subsequently suggested the sighting might have been something to do with the Christmas fair in the Abbey Gardens and on Angel Hill.

A police spokeswoman said: "We did have a report of a large object in the sky for approximately 10 to 12 minutes that looked like a UFO," adding that police had only received one report regarding the sighting.

Source: Bury Free Press (1st December 2008)

Bury St Edmunds (St Edmundsbury Cathedral)
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
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Then on the 5th December the East Anglian Daily Times (online) confirmed a second witness:

UFO spotted above Cathedral (5th December 2008)
East Anglian Daily Times

Bury St Edmunds UFO sightingThe UFO was spotted above St Edmundsbury Cathedral. POLICE were alerted after a UFO was spotted above St Edmundsbury Cathedral. New twist in UFO mystery. The UFO was spotted above St Edmundsbury Cathedral

A UFO spotted above St Edmundsbury Borough Cathedral was seen by a member of staff, it emerged today. Police were first notified about a UFO above the cathedral in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night. The incident, which lasted just minutes, happened in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night. It is understood the man saw the grey UFO spinning in the air near the cathedral before disappearing behind the Bury landmark.

But it has now emerged a member of the cathedral's own staff saw the UFO as well.

The cathedral's visitor officer Sarah Friswell said: “I mentioned it at our staff meeting yesterday and a member of staff did see 'it' as well. But I have to say no-one else has commented or 'phoned or mentioned it…..It happened in between two short power cuts, so we wondered if it was linked to that .”

A police spokeswoman 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."

The apparent sighting comes just four months after similar reports of a UFO above the town's Mildenhall and Howard estates. Eyewitnesses told how, on September 3, they saw an object at about 9.30pm spinning and tilting above houses and appeared to change colour.

Source: East Anglian Daily Times (5th December 2008)

And also on the 5th December ran the following story, as 'AllTheWeb' is an Australian based website I'm assuming that due to extensive media coverage that the UFO phenomenon is currently receiving in Australia explains why they ran it. This is only an excerpt as the original article goes well beyond conjecture and into plain fantasy. Prefixed with, “There are some people who believe…..” before wandering into wholly unsubstantiated supposition and equally outlandish hypotheses, that's not necessarily a criticism (in this case) just the reasoning behind its exclusion:

UFO causes power cuts in the UK (5th December 2008)

UFO over Cathedral Causes power cuts in UK historic town

AllNewsWeb - UFO ReportLast Saturday night a slightly luminous grey UFO was reported to police in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds in the United Kingdom . The UFO was seen spinning and hovering over the St Edmundsbury Cathedral by a townsman. Now it has emerged that the UFO was also seen by a staff member of the Cathedral. Sarah Friswell, the Cathedrals visitor officer, noted that the topic of the mysterious craft had come up in a staff meeting and one of the staff members confessed to also witnessing the rather clear UFO of a very ‘Classical' appearance.

More interestingly the sighting was accompanied by unusual power cuts, confirmed by the Cathedral administration that could not be explained by the local electricity provider. Many have claimed that such sightings are in fact pranks by hobbyists involving RC flying models, yet the power cut seems to somewhat disprove this theory as it is unlikely any hobbyist could pull such a feat off.

Source: AllNewsWeb (5th December 2008)

And the ‘East Anglian Daily Times' posted another article in which a Mrs Carol Marsh “who lives in the shadow of St Edmundsbury Cathedral” also reports witnessing the UFO. The following was posted on the 9th December:

More sightings of UFO over Suffolk (9th December 2008)
East Anglian Daily Times

UFO fever is taking hold in a Suffolk town as tales of mysterious flashing lights over Suffolk 's mother church abound.

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 .

And Mrs Marsh is no stranger to the supernatural - when she was an 11-year-old girl she firmly believes she witnessed a flying saucer in the skies over her then home in Lincolnshire . Her father, a Lancaster bomber pilot, was so convinced by his daughter's story he called ministry of defence bosses to check out the mysterious sighting. The Church Walks resident was less convinced her latest brush with little green men was for real, but she believes there was a chance the sighting over the town could have been a UFO: “It's certainly a possibility."

“It was the weekend of the Christmas fair and I suppose they could have been sending up some sort of lights from Angel Hill but what ever it was, it was absolutely amazing.....The lights were low in the sky, very bright and seemed to be revolving. It was totally noiseless and for 45 seconds it lit up the sky - it was just incredible - an amazing thing going on the sky outside my house. The amber lights were almost like they were being fired up into the sky.”

One sky-watcher reported the strange lights to the police. He said he saw a grey UFO spinning in the air near the cathedral before disappearing behind the Bury landmark.

The report was 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.”

A spokeswoman for the cathedral said a staff member also saw the unexplained lights.

Source: East Anglian Daily Times (9th December 2008)

Bury St Edmunds UFO sighting

So now there are three independent witnesses who have come forward and at the time of writing (12th December 2008) the following article posted (again) on the website is the latest piece of information to be released. It was submitted by an internet user called, “Susan.” According to the website and after a cursory glance her personal details had at least superficially checked out.

More witnesses come forward claiming to have seen the
St Edmundsbury Cathedral UFO (11th December 2008)

AllNewsWeb - UFO ReportFurther witnesses have come forward claiming to have seen a UFO hovering over St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk , UK on Saturday night. One of the witnesses, Carol Marsh, lives within the proximity of the Cathedral and says she and a group of friends saw dazzling lights she describes as 'amazing' swirling above the Cathedral Spires. Local Police have confirmed that they received the report first mentioned in All News Web. '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.' noted a police spokeswoman.

All News Web received this email yesterday:

“I read your story on the UFO near the Cathedral, I live about one mile from there. I am employed as a nurse and have never claimed to have seen a UFO before although that night I noticed the strangest thing as I looked out of my bedroom window, a blurry disc like object moving quickly that appeared to be circling the Cathedral and then vanished-the object appeared to be black with a glow around it. I noticed slight electrical surges of lights in the vicinity. I work in health and would rather remain anonymous as I don't want to be labelled as stark, raving mad!”

The alleged witness allowed us to identify her as Susan, and has supplied us with further personal details that seem to suggest personal credibility.

Source: AllNewsWeb (11th December 2008)

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Wednesday, 10 December 2008

More UFO Sightings Over Fenland Skies (Wisbech)

Fenland Citizen UFODOZENS of people have contacted the Citizen to report sightings of UFOs in the skies over Fenland following last week's front page picture of some unexplained lights spotted over Wisbech. Among those who rang in was Doreen Annetts from March who said she had seen a similar set of lights as she drove home early on Tuesday morning after dropping her husband off at work.

She spotted the lights over-head as she travelled along the Twenty Foot from Hobbs Lot Bridge at around 5am. Mrs Annetts said the lights were very bright and looked to be in the same formation as those captured on film by a 23-year-old Wisbech man on Monday November 17 and featured in last week's Citizen: “ I knew it wasn't an aeroplane because they usually have various little lights. I'm not somebody who imagines things.

• Michael Marshall from Bourne also called to say he had seen the lights. He spotted them from his hill-top home at around 9.15pm on November 18. He said they had come in from an easterly direction and were moving over Wisbech.

• And a Chatteris man said his daughter had captured some lights on her camera phone a couple of months ago. He said they were coloured and there were lots of them.

• A March woman told how she had spotted a bright light track across the sky as she looked out of the bedroom window of her Green Street home. She had believed it was a shooting star at first but then noticed it was leaving a trail behind it. She saw it at around 9pm to 9.30pm on Tuesday.

• And a Wimblington couple also spotted a strange orange light in the sky over their Norfolk Street home. They spotted it at around 10.55pm on Children in Need night. They said the object moved silently through the sky before suddenly disappearing. “ We get a lot of jets over this area and they are noisy. This was quiet and was quite spooky .”

• And finally Reg Wenn from Chatteris sent in a photo of an object he captured from his home in Acre Fen: “ I have been tracking one of these for over 16 years, it appears in the sky south of my home from time to time, I managed to get a picture of it a few weeks back .”

(Top left is original image) Looks suspiciously like camera shake to me.....
UFO Sightings Over Fenland Skies (Wisbech)
“This thing appears and disappears like switching a light on and off.”

Source: Fenland Citizen

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Tuesday, 1 January 2008

The Sun Newspaper - UK UFO (Red) Herring Gull (Dec 29 th 2007)

“Oooh arrrr not alone anymore”

The SUN Newspaper recently ran a UFO story with the inspired(?) headline, “Oooh arrrr not alone anymore.” The story was as follows:

THIS stunning photo of a UFO over Cornwall was last night hailed by experts as one of the best ever taken in Britain . KELVIN took his picture at 3.31pm on December 29, with a Nikon D80 Digital SLR on automatic.

The classic flying saucer shape is seen above two ships. And UFO watchers believe it could be proof we are NOT alone. Kelvin Barbery snapped the mystery object from a coastal path between Swanpool and Maenporth, near Falmouth . In a weird twist, Kelvin, 55, did not even see the UFO at the time.

He thought he was just taking a sea view — but when he loaded the digital camera card on to his computer, the round metallic “craft” was in the centre of the shot, about two miles away.

Kelvin, a facilities manager for schools, said: “There were a couple of tankers out in the bay and I thought that it made a nice shot.

“There was nothing in view and certainly no fault on the camera. When I got home I couldn't believe what I had. I thought, ‘Wow, where did that come from?' I'm not the sort to believe in UFOs — now I'm not so sure.”

Nick Pope, one of Britain 's foremost UFO experts, said the photo was one of the best he had seen, Nick, formerly the official Ministry of Defence UFO analyst, said: “If I was still there I'd be looking at this very closely. The object looks structured, symmetrical and metallic. This man has caught something very interesting indeed."

Michael Soper, of the Contact International UFO group, agreed: “This does appear genuine. Digital photos can be doctored but everything about it appears consistent.”

To be honest, I find its strange that this image is being touted as, “One of the best” as even if you squint and tilt your head slightly it appears to show a gull, and regarding, “The object looks structured, symmetrical and metallic” perhaps this was a quick glance that the former MOD, “Analyst” Nick Pope cast over the image as I personally fail to see any of the features described.

Eye of the beholder?

It seems that there really is no happy medium with the tabloids, the UFO subject is either ridiculed and mocked, or blatantly dubious images are touted as absolute proof, is it any wonder that the uninformed public weigh and measure the subject and more often than not find it wanting?

Thanks to UK UFO investigator/researcher Jenny Randles for the lead and I believe Jenny also sums up the widely perceived problems regarding the MoD, also alluding to the reason why the media jump on sightings such as this (with seemingly prosaic explanations) and perhaps more importantly why prominent UFOlogists appear to pander to their whimsical and fleeting interest (when not misquoted).

"My bet is they (the MoD) will turn out to have been just as hopeless as the rest of us as at this tricky business. Indeed I suspect that you need many years of battle hardened study of the data before you see the basic issues involved and can talk yourself out of the romanticism that surrounds the evidence. Especially amidst the siren calls of the media who mostly only want to hear you say exciting stuff not find explanations.

Nobody working with the MoD had this depth of continuity to get to the point where they saw the subject in all of its complexity (and at heart, its simplicity).”


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Sunday, 30 December 2007

UFOs are seen as a joke but it's almost an absolute certainty they exist.

The South Wales Echo recently ran a story (article below) with the headline, “UFOs are seen as a joke but it's almost an absolute certainty they exist” (Dec 29 2007). As the close of the year approaches it seems that the media are gradually becoming more and more tolerant towards the entire UFO phenomenon.

Of course you'll always have caustic, abrasive comments from news anchors like CNN's Nicole Lapin who when referring to respected former pilots, military personnel and even a former governor recently said:

“When you think of people saying: ‘Oh, Hey, I saw a UFO,' you kinda think of freaks. I'm not gonna lie.”

I hope not Nicole as CNN has previously been such a bastion of truth and well balanced reporting……

On a more worrying note (according to the CNN website), Lapin is currently serving as an ambassador for the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, where she hosts a campaign called "Being Smart is Cool.”

But apart from the occasional snide comment it's still been an interesting year watching as the media ridicule of the subject was strangely blunted and stories seemed to point towards a somewhat reluctant acceptance of the fact that UFO's exist, or the media at least appeared open to, and acknowledge this possibility, which in itself is a considerable improvement.

Anyway, on closer examination of the article in the South Wales Echo it appears that the eye-catching and brazen headline, “UFOs are seen as a joke but it's almost an absolute certainty they exist” is no more than a quote from, “UFO investigator Mr Coggins, 67, of Pontypridd, <who> hypnotises people who have seen UFOs and then experienced periods of missing time.”

And then immediately following Mr Coggins' statement and closing the article is an, “Old faithful” MoD quote, “We believe that rational explanations, such as aircraft lights or natural phenomena, could be found for them if resources were diverted for this purpose.”


“All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values”

Marshall McLuhan

UFOs are seen as a joke but it's almost an absolute certainty they exist.

Dec 29 2007 ( South Wales Echo)

Sightings of unidentified flying objects have soared in the last month, with at least two a week seen by airline pilots in South Wales . Dancing lights, large craft and mysterious flashes are among dozens of UFOs sighted above Cardiff and the South Wales Valleys in the last few years.

And only four days ago, on the night of Christmas Day, a couple saw spherical orange lights in the sky above their home in the capital. According to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, the Ministry of Defence has looked into 13 reports of UFOs in South Wales in the past three years. Several other sightings have been posted on UFO websites but it is thought that many more go unreported.

David Coggins has been a UFO investigator for 30 years and says there has been a spate of sightings in recent months. He said:

“There have been lots of reports by airline pilots flying in and out of South Wales who are seeing a lot of unidentified craft on a frequent basis, one or two a week…..Generally speaking, they are large triangular shaped objects. It's not just during the night but in daylight as well…..I've come across people who have seen UFOs very close up, from a distance of 12 feet.”

Just three weeks ago, Martin Dupres and two friends had a close encounter when they saw a strange light in the sky in Lisvane at 5pm on Tuesday, December 11. Martin, 43, of Riverside , Cardiff , said:

“I saw an extremely bright light come straight across the sky. Then it faded out but it might have sped up…..It wasn't a satellite or an aeroplane. This thing was not like that. The light shone towards my eyes then carried on. I'm curious, I've never seen anything like it before.”

There was another sighting of a UFO at 4am on September 9 in St Mellons, Cardiff . The witness saw an incredibly bright star but it suddenly started moving up and down and side to side swiftly and then flashing lights appeared around it like cameras. One account comes from a Cardiff man left shaken after he saw three lights dancing around each other before flying away in April 2006.

“I saw something that I never believed I would. I saw what at first I thought was a plane, until it changed direction at such an acute angle. At this point it was by two more lights – they were very blurry, orange in colour. They danced around each other and then moved off……..I don't make silly claims. Quite frankly this has shaken me considerably.”

UFO investigator Mr Coggins, 67, of Pontypridd, hypnotises people who have seen UFOs and then experienced periods of missing time. Mr Coggins, who is featured in the alien encounter book Does It Rain In Other Dimensions, said:

“Strange as it may seem, people who had seen a UFO close up have ended up on the crafts and while they've been on, strange things happen to them such as medical examinations……….They don't remember until they are hypnotised. One man in South Wales had lost one-and-a-half days. He recounted what had happened under hypnosis and when I played him back the tape, he broke down in tears and said ‘did that happen to me?'. It's impossible not to believe in it……..UFOs are seen as a joke but it's almost an absolute certainty they exist and are visiting this earth on a regular basis.”

The MoD examines UFO reports to establish whether what was seen has any defence significance. A spokeswoman said: “We believe that rational explanations, such as aircraft lights or natural phenomena, could be found for them if resources were diverted for this purpose.

Source: South Wales Echo

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Sunday, 9 December 2007

Whitley Strieber Revives, “Drone UFO Flap?”

Whitley Strieber recently authorized the following email to be sent to his “Unknown Country” subscribers list (6th December 2007) and it was emailed on his behalf.


This morning at 4:53 AM, Whitley Strieber saw a drone over Santa Monica , California . The Striebers are in California seeing friends, and Whitley has sent me the following email, with permission to publish it. He will write a journal entry about his experience that will be posted on Saturday, December 8.

And remember, there are a lot of people out there lying about the drones and trying to debunk them. But these people ignore ONE THING: Linda's interviews with credible eyewitnesses. Do not be deceived about this.

This was in his email:

“Well, in one sense the drones mystery is solved because at 4:53 this morning, I saw one.

I had an extremely restless night, full of complex and astounding dreams that I will record in a journal on my website. They also involved my book the Key and the crop circles, and have led me to a very clear understanding that there is a new level of consciousness available to us now. The dreams lasted from about 3:00 to the moment I woke up and saw the thing outside, which was at exactly 4:53. (I know the times because I sent one of my agents an email at 2:47 about a business matter, then went to bed and was shortly asleep. When I saw the drone, I was looking across the bedroom toward the window, with my wife's lighted clock just visible below the window.)

I woke up lying on my side, and saw the thing moving just below and in the bottom edge of the clouds. It was stormy. The object was enormous, and from where I was lying it must have been no more than a few hundred feet overhead. It appeared almost level with the line of the roof that is visible outside my window. It was moving toward our building at a stately pace, gliding easily, like a dirigible. I had the impression that it was quite large, but obviously, no way to tell for sure. Because of the clouds, I did not see the characteristic tall antennae on it, but I did see structure that looked a lot like what the bicyclists photographed. I immediately woke Anne up and went to the window. But we could not see it from the window.

I looked for a while, trying to see if I could spot some edge of it in the clouds. It had not been moving fast at all, so there was reason to believe it was still there. Not seeing it, I went to the dresser and got my cellphone, which has a camera in it, and put it beside the bed. I then lay down and turned over to the same position I had been in when I first saw it--and there the thing was again, clearly visible just below the cloud cover. Now it was much closer to the house. When I moved my head to get up again, I could no longer see it. When I returned to the original angle, I could see it again. This time, it was gliding west, toward the ocean, only its lower structure visible in the clouds. I opened the cellphone, in an attempt to take a picture of it from that angle, but by then it had passed beyond the edge of the window. I saw nothing more of it, but there is no question in my mind at all but that they are real.”


At the time of writing this (Sunday 9th December) his journal has still to be updated and still shows the last entry to be the 27th November. Whitley Strieber has always said he can't prove (and as such didn't know) that the Drones were real and that perhaps the lessons learned from the full experience are more important than the nuts and bolts physical reality of the craft.

Well that all seems to have changed with this latest revelation, the first line of Whitley's recent email states:

“Well, in one sense the Drones mystery is solved because at 4:53 this morning, I saw one.”

And the last line of the email reaffirms this by stating that:

“There is no question in my mind at all but that they <the Drones> are real.”

There really is so little information to be gleamed from this brief correspondence that's partly why I've held off posting anything about it, but since Whitley's self-imposed deadline of the 8th December has come and gone with no sign of him updating his personal journal I thought it prudent to mention it.

Personally I do have great difficulties in believing that the entire account is simply nothing more than a fabrication, and I'm interested to see which path Whitley is planning on taking, hopefully it's not just the path that leads to his bank…..

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