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1980s UFO Sightings



FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY 1980 - LLANGENNECH
Jennifer Davies, of Brynhyfryd, Llangennech, was seeing her husband off to work early one morning while it was still dark when she spotted a long, silver cigar-shaped object 100 yards away, hovering at a height of about three houses.
She watched it for about 20 minutes from different rooms but when she opened the back door to have another look it had vanished.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 12 January 1980.

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6 JANUARY 1980 – LLANTWIT MAJOR
8.05 PM.
Two 14-year-old girls, Jayne Bush and friend, Carol Duff were outside at the top end of Crawshay Drive, Llantwit Major, looking in a shop window, when something caught Jayne’s eye. She immediately turned around and Carol followed suit. They saw a very bright, oval shaped object, moving swiftly across the sky, and eventually disappearing behind some nearby houses, but were much further away and higher up than the houses. Duration of this sighting: about two seconds.
At 8.15 PM they saw another object of the same shape and brightness, high above them, moving at a constant high speed, and suddenly fading and disappearing. Duration: around two seconds.
At 8.20 PM, they saw a third bright oval object, further away than the first two, and further to their right.
Duration: 4-5 seconds.
They wondered what the objects were and discounted shooting stars as they were too large, and too much of a coincidence to see three in such a short space of time. They phoned the local police, and the duty officer contacted Cardiff Airport and was told that no planes had been in the area at the time.
Source: MOD Files.
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6 SEPTEMBER 1980 - ABERGAVENNY
2.30 AM .
An on duty traffic police officer on mobile patrol observed a bright light over the Llangfoist/Abergavenny areas. It was described as an overgrown light shade with a flat bottom and top. At one point he stopped and looked at it using binoculars. The officer estimated the UFO to be at an altitude of 200-500 feet and was last observed moving in a south-westerly direction.
Source: www.prufospolicedatabase.co.uk citing MOD Files.
                                                                           

NOVEMBER 1980 - MALPAS, NEWPORT, GWENT
Night. D. Clouson was walking home about 8 pm and noticed an orange glow in the clouds. Then in a gap in the clouds appeared an orange ball which went past above cloud-height level.
It was hard to estimate the size of the ball but the witness reckoned it was about 20 metres in diameter. It was a bright orange sphere with lines spinning around it.
Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk uploaded by witness 27 August 2016.
                                                                            

18 NOVEMBER 1981 - TREBOETH, SWANSEA
Night - clear.
Mrs Mary Evans of Llwyd Road [Lloyd Road or Cnap Llwyd Road - probably the latter], Treboeth saw a 'bright fiery light' hovering behind old lodging house ruins on top of hill overlooking Llewellyn Park [Morris Castle?]. She watched it for several minutes before it disappeared into the night sky.
'I thought the house was on fire because the light was so bright. It seemed very hot and I think must have left some form of scorch marks on the ground,' she said.
Swansea Coastguards explained it away as meteorites [!]. Neither Swansea Police nor the airport had received any reports. Mrs Evans's neighbour also saw the object.
Source: South Wales Evening Post - Thursday 19 November 1988
                                                                                     

1982 OR 1983

Night. Phil Prevel was walking his dog in Clydach, and was walking through a small field on the edge of some woodland when he saw a dark hooded figure like a monk with his hood up standing on the other side of the field where the woods started. It was standing stock still. Phil did not attempt to attract its attention by calling out, but just continued on his walk. The dog was unaffected by the apparition.
Could this be one of the 'shadow people' sometimes connected with alien activity?
Source: SUFON Files: witness interviewed by Emlyn Williams 2016.
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JANUARY 1982
Date is approximate.
Darren H. was 8 years old and lived in St. Thomas, Swansea. He was called by his mother to come upstairs to look out of a bedroom window one evening. Looking out into the dark, Darren and his mother watched a large ball of light, about the size of the sun towards Port Talbot. It was stationary and on its lower left quarter there was another white light which appeared to be spinning.
There was no noise. After watching it for a while, during which time it remained stationary, it then seemed to descend slightly, rose again and blinked suddenly out. Darren does not know the date of the sighting, but links it to the time when Peter Davison first appeared as Dr. Who, his first series being from January to March 1982.
Source: SUFON Files: witness interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 12 May 2015.
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23 MARCH 1982 – NORTH GOWER
At sunset,
Lillian Kearon, who lives in Lon Teifi, Cockett, Swansea, saw an object over the Loughor Estuary to the west.
“The object was in the sky for quite a time, but the peculiar thing was it was stationary. I don’t think it was a UFO but I can’t explain what it was. My husband and I were looking west over the Bury estuary. It was the first sunset we have seen this year. As I sat looking I saw what I thought was a hawk in the sky but my husband said – ‘It’s too big for a hawk.’ As we carried on looking I realised it was not moving. It looked a bit like Concorde but it was stationary. It seemed as if it was over towards Llanmadoc. It stayed in exactly the same position for about an hour and it was still there when it became dark. My husband said it resembled the Zeppelin and I thought it might have been an RAF or Navy plane but it didn’t have any lights on.”
A neighbour and his friend also saw the object, she added.
A Swansea West police spokesman said that they had received no reports of any sightings.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 24 March 1982.
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14 SEPTEMBER 1982 - CWMBRAN
David Mason, a 32-year-old printer, was watching television when he saw a bright light from the window of his Cwmbran home. He called his wife, Angela, and together they went outside into the back garden. Mr Mason said the light was 'as bright as the sun and about half the size of the moon.' The couple watched for 15 minutes as it hovered more than a mile away, just above a hill range that surrounds the town [to the west]. The white light then sped off northwards along the ridge at speed and disappeared.
The Masons called the police and two officers arrived to record details of the UFO sighting. This was the last contact that the couple were to have with officialsover the case.
The police report into the Cwmbran incident was forwarded to the Ministry of Defence in London, where operational staff in the air division examined the case. An MOD spokesman said that following these inquiries 'we are satisfied that there were no defence implications.'
Mr Mason says he was surprised not to have had any further inquiries from officials. 'I do not understand how the Ministry of Defence could have investigated the case without contacting me with further queries.'
Source: The Observer 4 March 1983.
                                                                                 

SEPTEMBER 1982 - BRISTOL CHANNEL OFF CARDIFF
During the weekend of 25/26 September.
An amateur astronomer, Ron Tredrey, of Wernlas, Whitchurch, Cardiff saw an object over the Bristol Channel, slightly south-west of Cardiff and below a big bank of cloud. He watched it through powerful binoculars mounted on a tripod.
"I saw what at first appeared to be a star of medium size. Then I realised that it was changing colour in the way that no star could possibly do. It was pulsating white, blue and, occasionally red. Then it began to move and when it did so the light intensified greatly, so much so that it was even reflecting on the cloud behind it. The white light got very bright and there two red lights then one either side. As an astronomer I am naturally interested in satellites and I know what they look like. It was definitely neither a satellite nor a high-flying aircraft."
Duration of sighting: 5 minutes.
Source: Western Mail Monday 27 September 1982.
                                                                                          

20 SEPTEMBER 1982 - CWMBRAN
An object shaped like a cottage loaf was seen over Cwmbran, and reported to Gwent Police.
Source: Western Mail 20 September 1982.
                                                                                              

20 SEPTEMBER 1982 - GOBION, ABERGAVENNY
Time not known. Cloudy with clear patches, dry.
A passenger in a car travelling on the old A40 near Chart House, Gobion, near Abergavenny saw a beam of green light approximately the size of a searchlight beam, about a mile away to the east.
Source: MOD Files.
                                                                                               

23 SEPTEMBER 1982 - MONMOUTH
4 AM.
Police constables David Holder and Graham Banks saw a strange light in the sky while they were on patrol in Goldwire Lane, Monmouth.
Chief Inspector Keith Harris of the Monmouth sub division of Gwent Police gave details of their report to the Western Mail.
"It was about the size of a star and flickered blue and white with occasional red flashes. It was briefly seen to split into three white lights and then back into one light. It was moving from left to right, up and down and in both clockwise and anti-clockwise circles. The watched it for approximately 20 minutes. Then two red lights were seen to fall from the object towards the ground. Later they saw it move upwards very quickly, rising at approximately 45 degrees. It then disappeared. Two or three minutes later they saw a bright flash of light in the ground area where the two red lights appeared to have fallen."
A minute or so later they saw a bright blue light at the spot. It then soared into the air and moved off to the north-west.
Duration of sighting: 30 minutes.
Source: Western Mail Friday 24 September 1982.
                                                                                          

30 SEPTEMBER 1982 - BRISTOL CHANNEL NEAR NEWPORT
9.30 PM. Good visibility.
The witness was outside Pentnewydd Infants School, and saw an object with white and blue flashing lights over the Bristol Channel at an elevation of 35-40 degrees, 20-50 miles away. It was moving in a straight line backwards and forwards.
Source: MOD Files.
                                                                                                

30 SEPTEMBER 1982 - GRIFFITHSTOWN
8.30 PM.
Stuart Blake was at a friend's house in St. Augustine Road, Griffithstown watched with the naked eye and binoculars for 35 minutes, flashing discs in the sky. He reported the sighting to Gwent Police.
Source: Western Mail Saturday 2 October 1982.
                                                                                              

30 SEPTEMBER 1982 - CROESYCEILIOG
About 9 PM.
Mrs Doreen Phillips, of Gower Green, Croesyceiliog, saw a bright blue light in the sky which was said to be static and shimmering. She reported the sighting to Gwent Police.
Source: Western Mail Saturday 2 October 1982.
                                                                                                

30 SEPTEMBER 1982 - NEW INN, GWENT
Late evening.
Mrs Mary Gauntlett, her daughter and a friend watched a narrow green band of light moving across the sky. She reported the sighting to Gwent Police.
Source: Western Mail Saturday 2 October 1982.
                                                                                                

14 OCTOBER 1982 - NEWPORT, GWENT
Night.
British Transport police officer Peter Griffiths was patrolling Newport Docks in his patrol car, and saw two bright lights pulsating, one to the north and one to the south. After watching the lights for five minutes he saw the one to the south change to red and green before changing into a red glow and then moving towards the other light and eventually disappearing into a cloud
Source: Western Mail Saturday 16 October 1982.

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20 OCTOBER 1982 – MORRISTON
Staff at Morriston’s Driver Vehicle Licensing Centre spotted a large object landing in a field.
“It was a great big silver thing, about the size of a house, and had sparkles all around it,” said Mrs. Rosalind Young, of St. Lawrence Court, Penlan, Swansea.
Mrs Young and her colleagues, who worked on the 14th floor of the DVLC complex, spotted the mystery object at 11 am.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 23 October 1982.
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20 OCTOBER 1982 – SWANSEA
3 PM.
John Ferris, a photographer of heol Maes-Y-Cerrig,  Loughor was sipping coffee in a city centre store restaurant when a young woman pointed up to the sky and drew his attention to an object.
“It was an oval shape about the size of a small house with what looked like flames shooting out from the top.” It ‘fired’ over the Townhill area of Swansea.
“I grabbed my camera and fired off the last shot on the film with my zoom lens. I didn’t think anything would come out. It was a very overcast and dull day and whatever this thing was it was very bright. I’m mystified. I don’t know what it is, but I know it is a shot in a lifetime. Someone else must have seen it.”
Ferris used 35 mm black and white film with his Pentax ME Super camera with 210 mm zoom lens. His photograph was enlarged 170 times to show Pantycelyn Road, Townhill, with the object just  behind it.
Swansea police said they had no reports of any UFO sightings, but Gower weatherman John Powell said conditions were right for a ball of lightning. It had been a stormy day.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 22 October 1982.
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23/24 OCTOBER 1982 - CWMBRAN
Mrs Martin Mason of West Rodien, Coed Eva, Cwmbran, told police she saw an object shaped like a flying saucer wth a mumber of lights travelling from Thornhill towards Tycoch, i.e. southeasterly. It then appeared to return and disappeared.
Source: Western Mail 25 October 1982.
                                                                                                        

23/24 OCTOBER 1982 - BETTWS, GWENT
About two hours after the UFO sighting in Cwmbran, John Clarke, of Frome Walk, Bettws, reported to the police that a saucer-shaped object with red, green and blue lights had travelled from east Newport towards Cwmbran.
Source: Western Mail 25 October 1982.
                                                                                                              

LATE DECEMBER 1982 – THREE CROSSES, SWANSEA
Around midnight.
Kim was returning home in Three Crosses after a night out with friends in Swansea and was driving her car up Tirmynydd Road, heading north into Three Crosses across the northern edge of Fairwood Common. She was just passing Gelli Hir Farm, which was on her left, and spotted some lights away from the road on the right, on an area of rough ground. She thought it was the farmer, who she was friends with, working with some kind of machinery, so she stopped the car near the lane on the left which heads down to the farm, and got out of the car. She crossed to the right-hand side of the road for a better look and walked onto the common.
She could see lots of white lights close to the ground, with thin beams pointing down onto the ground. The beams were easy to see as the lights were shining through a mist. Whatever the object was that the lights were on, was moving slowly back and fore over the ground, and as she approached, it rose vertically without making a sound to about the height of a house. It was then that she realised that what she was looking at was not a farm machine at all, but something else entirely.
She was now able to see it from below, and the bottom surface was covered in tiny white lights like stars, matching the stars in the sky. It was only because it was turning slowly that she could make it out at all. It was of an irregular shape, not square but had angular sides. It had a row of white lights visible on one edge. She could not see how deep or tall the object was, but she didn’t hang around to study it in detail.
She turned to walk back to the car as a feeling of uneasiness came over her. She walked quickly back, without turning around to look at the object. She got in her car and drove the rest of the way home, a short way up to the top of Tirmynydd Road, near the Poundffald Inn. She looked in her mirrors but could not see the object. When she got home, she went straight to bed.
The next morning she mentioned it to her husband, who had returned from his night shift, who told her not to tell anyone in case she was ridiculed. She told her mother and brother about it but did not report it to the authorities.
Two or three weeks later, her mother phoned her to say there had been a sighting of objects by a kids football team and there was a drawing of it in the Evening Post. This would be the article reporting the sightings of 19th January 1983. So this helps to date her sighting in Three Crosses.
Her mother and brother themselves had a sighting in 1985 in Port Tennant (see separate report).
Source: SUFON Files: witness interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 29 January 2016.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – MUMBLES
Between 5.30 PM and 5.45 PM
For a period of 10 minutes an observer watched with the naked eye and through binoculars, two very bright lights about the length of a Boeing 747 apart. No shape was discernible. The lights were over the ‘Lifeguard Station’, Mumbles [Lifeboat or Coastguard?] at 2000 feet maximum altitude, one mile away from the observer. Its movements were described as being steady, changing.
Source: MOD Files.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – KILVEY HILL TO LLANDARCY
5.45 PM
Mrs. Margaret Gaskins, of Lucy Road, Skewen, said her children 14 year old Leanne and 10 year old Ceri were watching television when they spotted strange flashing lights in the sky at about 5.45 ppm.
“They came running into the kitchen full of excitement,” she said. “At first I didn’t believe them, but when I looked out of the window I could see a sphere of flashing lights which travelled from the Kilvey Hill area over to Baglan Bay.”
The whole family were hanging out of the windows of their flat for a better view and soon neighbours were also peering out.
“It was all very exciting,” said Mrs. Gaskins, “We couldn’t believe what we were seeing.”
“Later I heard that a Sea King helicopter from Brawdy had been in the area. At first I thought the flashing lights must have been from that,” she said. “But then I was told the helicopter was not over Swansea Bay until 6.20 pm.”
“I don’t believe in UFOs. There has got to be a logical explanation for it, but I can’t explain what it was I saw.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post  20 January 1983.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – KILVEY HILL
Sometime between 5.45 PM AND 6.45 PM
An observer located outdoors on Pentregethin Road described seeing an object for 5-10 minutes moving slowly around a TV mast (presumably Kilvey Hill). It was described as being one object, split into two parts, 3 very bright flashing white lights at front and 3 at back. Massive in size, oblong in shape. No sound or smell.
Source: MOD Files.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – MORRISTON TO KILVEY HILL
5.50 PM
Over a period of 6 minutes, an observer located on the road, Heol Tal-Y-Coppa in Llansamlet reported seeing two objects travelling at a steady rate west to east from the DVLC in Morriston towards Kilvey Hill. One object was a large elongated shape with two pulsating white lights at the front, and two yellowish steady lights on the rear. The second object was small and triangular with steady white lights. No sound or smell was associated with the sighting.
Source: MOD Files
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19 JANUARY 1983 – SWANSEA AIRPORT
5.55 PM
An “aircraft-shaped object” (moving far too slowly to be an aircraft) showing six lights at the front and three lights at the base, was seen over Swansea Airport, heading west over the Gower Peninsula.
Source: Haunted Skies volume 9 page 236; MOD Files.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – LANDORE
Approximately 6 PM
The witness, a man (who did not give his identity) was in Cwm Level Park, Landore and saw a black triangular craft, which displayed lights, hovering over the Morfa area, to his south-east. It was low, and he was looking slightly down to it as the park is located at a higher level. It was about the size of a bus. The witness said it was just above roof-top height and was drifting slowly.
Source: SUFON Meeting 25 August 2015.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – KILLAY
APPROX. 6 PM
Roland Betts – a long distance lorry driver from Killay, Swansea – had just uncoupled his trailer and was in Dunvant Road, high up on a hill, with a sweeping view of Swansea Bay, at around 6 pm.
“As I got out of my vehicle, I was attracted by a large area of stars that were blocked out. There was a massive round object; I would guess at approximately 10-20,000 ft in the air. It appeared to have lights around the perimeter and was absolutely silent. If it was moving, it was moving very slowly. For some reason, it didn’t sink into my mind what it might be. I went into the house and told my wife that I had just seen an unidentified flying object in the sky. Imagine my surprise when she told me that a programme had just been interrupted by a news broadcast, relating to a UFO having been sighted between Swansea and Cardiff by many people!”
Source: Haunted Skies Volume 9 page 240.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – WINCHWEN
6 PM
Detective Sergeant Michael Troake, based at Morriston Police Station – was carrying out enquiries into a spate of burglaries in the Winch Wen area, with his colleague – DC Gethin James. They were about to get into the CID car, when they saw a cluster of lights approaching their position in the sky.
DS Troake: “What surprised me  was the way in which the lights blocked out some of the stars, giving me an impression of an object that was long and rectangular in shape. As this massive, silent, transparent, object loomed overhead, I could see a number of blue flashing lights at its edges. All I could do was stand in awe, looking upwards, as this ‘thing’ – only about a hundred feet off the ground – headed slowly towards Swansea Bay.”
DC James – “It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen....bigger than two football fields and covered in blinding lights, although I could just make out a smaller object in the shape of a ‘V’ following behind.

Source: Haunted Skies Volume 9 pages 236 – 237.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – SWANSEA TO GOWER
6 PM
Over a period of 10 minutes an observer in Llwynhendy watched two objects, long, one in front of the other, second object had large red steady light on front.  Flashing white light in the centre and tail of both objects.  It moved from the Swansea direction and then headed towards the Gower, at a steady, slow speed.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – PORT TALBOT TO SWANSEA
6.05 PM
A silver-coloured, saucer-shaped object, showing four or five lights, flashing in rotation, was seen motionless in the sky, over the steel works at 6.05 pm. A few minutes later, it was joined by a second UFO. The two of them moved off towards Swansea.
Source: Haunted Skies Volume 9 page 240 citing Jeffrey Horton-Jones South Wales Echo 20 January 1983.
In the MOD report it records time period as being 17.50 – 18.15.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – SKETTY
6.15 PM
Driving Instructor, Orllwyn Jones was leaving his house, 20 Long Oaks Avenue, Sketty, Swansea, to collect a pupil on a lesson. As he left the house, he suddenly became aware of a black triangular object, approximately the size of a family saloon car, slowly crossing the sky above the house next door.
The object was blacker (or darker) than the evening sky; had a small tube protruding downward from each corner and each tube had a small but bright light at the tip. The object had insufficient height (or depth) to be a manned craft, as it was no more than approximately 18 inches high. Any entity controlling the craft from within would have been lying flat.
The craft was so low that he estimated it was no more than a foot or so above the roof of the house next door. The object travelled at what Mr. Jones described as “a slow walking pace”, and made an audible ‘chugging’ sound as it crossed the road toward the houses opposite in a North West to South East direction (and toward Swansea Bay). He then stated that he braced himself for what he envisaged to be an inevitable crash, as the object was so low it was going to hit the roof of the house opposite his own.
However, this object seemed to adjust its height as necessary and simply skimmed over the roof opposite, missing the ridge tiles by a matter of inches. It then seemed to descend back down and below the level of the roof opposite, and out of Mr. Jones’ sight.
The witness stated that it was definitely a solid, tangible object, and was definitely under intelligent control of some sort. He wanted no publicity at the time and shared his experience with family only. His son, Phil Jones came forward only after the death of his father in 2012, and he kindly met members of SUFON in 2015 to share his father’s experience.

        

Source: www.ufoevidence.org posted 27 August 2013; SUFON Files

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19 JANUARY 1983 – GORSEINON
6.15 PM
Brothers Milan and Byron Baljak, age 32 and 28 respectively, and friend Roger Williams, 32, were standing outside Gorseinon & District Working Mens Club on Brighton Road, Gorseinon, waiting for it to open to play snooker. Looking above them towards the east, a row of lights about 50 feet up came over the roofs of houses on the other side of the road (east of them). The lights were small, dim blue-white and numbered about a dozen and arranged in a line, moving from their left to right (south).
They realised that the lights were on the same object as it started to turn, and could see that it was a huge black triangle, with more blue-white lights along each side. Its size, Milan compared to two jumbo jets, but was unable to estimate its thickness. As it turned, slowly drifting  towards the east, and away from them, it tilted slightly, all the small bluey lights going off and they could make out a red circular light on the top of the object near the front apex. There was no sound and it just ‘floated’, slowly moving away from the witnesses, who then crossed the road to stand under it and followed it a short way down a side alley between the terraced houses on the left and a brick building on the right.
It moved away further in the direction of Penllergaer in the east and they watched as it disappeared out of sight. The duration of the sighting was about 5 minutes. The men returned to the club, talking about it to each other, Roger and Byron going inside to phone the local radio station, Swansea Sound, leaving Milan outside, who kept a look out in case the object returned.
Milan then saw two more black triangular-shaped craft, smaller than the first, and again about 50 feet up, one travelling one way down the road, and the other on a parallel but opposite course moving up the road. Again, no sound was heard, the objects displayed lights, and reflected the glow from the street lighting. They did not rotate, and when they both reached a certain point after travelling half the length of the street, both reversed their course and passed each other again above him. They once more reversed and passed, stopped and slowly drifted off together to the south, over the shops in the main street at the bottom of the road.
Roger also phoned the South Wales Evening Post and was told that reports had come in from all over south Wales. Milan was so affected by what he had seen that when he went home later, he burned his entire collection of UFO books in the garden, and went to sleep with blinds down and curtains closed. The following day, he said there was a tremendous amount of military aircraft flying around the area. He went to the Swansea Sound studio to talk about what he had seen that day.
SEE OUR VIDEO OF INTERVIEW WITH MILAN & BYRON: Night of The Triangles - Part 2
     

Source: SUFON Files: Milan Baljak interviewed by Emlyn Williams 4 June 2015.


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19 JANUARY 1983 - LLANDARCY, NEATH
Early evening - dark.
12-year-old Simon Matthews was at home at 31 Daphne Road in Leiros Parc, Neath. It's a corner house at the top of a steep hill that has a fantastic view out over Neath, towards the BP works in Llandarcy. He was in the street playing alone on his BMX bicycle. His mother was in the house, probably cleaning.
Simon looked over towards the BP refinery in Llandarcy and saw six extremely bright red lights hovering over the works. He could see that the lights belonged to two separate objects, both triangular in shape as they glided slowly over the works.
'I was instantly mesmerised. I knew I was witnessing something amazing. I don't think I had ever felt so much excitement in my life! I watched them for a short while and then ran into my house to tell my mother. "Mam! Mam!" I shouted, pulling at her sleeve. "There are two UFOs outside! Come and see!" To my dismay, my mother could not have been less interested. I even described the UFOs to her in detail, but alas her cleaning was more important. She would not even come outside with me, no matter how hard I tried! The next bit is fuzzy. I can't remember if I went back outside to watch them or not, but I do remember watching them for a while. The next day, on the front page of the Evening Post, was a diagram of the two triangular craft I had witnessed, sent in by other witnesses! I showed the paper to my mother, and she regretted not coming outside with me to see them for herself! Ever since that night I have regularly thought about the two craft I saw hovering over BP and I have always wanted to get a hold of the newspaper article from the Evening Post to read it again. I have even contacted the Evening Post, but they did not reply. When I read the article in the Wales Online [SUFON Summer Conference 10 June 2017] just now I nearly spat my tea out! My partner was sitting next to me and she saw tears come into my eyes. "It's the first story they talk about!" I said. "And they even have a name for that night!" You see, I've been telling the story of that night since I was 12. I'm 47 next week and I thought I might never find out more about that night, so to come across that article is like a dream come true!'
Source: SUFON Files: witness email June 2017.

See video interview with witness here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-8LQ3NmiM0&t=28s

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19 JANUARY 1983 - UPLANDS, SWANSEA
Approximately between 6.30 PM and 8 PM.
Cold, clear night.
Natalie Bowden (aged 13 yrs 6 mths) lived at 38 Beechwood Road, Uplands, Swansea, which stands on the north side of the street, which runs east-west. Natalie was in the back room with her dog, watching TV and suddenly had a feeling that she should go out the front door. She did so, but the dog did not follow her, and saw a huge object over the houses on the opposite side of the road.
She remembers a shape of lights on the underside of the object, which she compared to a stadium, which consisted of a ring, round or oval, which protruded below the craft. Large coloured square windows or panels of light were on the outer side of the ring, which constantly changed colour. She remembered these colours being creams, ochres and pinks and others, all soft hues irridescent and 'pearly'. The colours were pulsating rather than flashing. The outside of the ring were sloped rather than straight. She could not see in detail the body or shape of the whole craft due to the brightness of the ring, but it was large, covering the street. She assumed that it was circular, because of the ring of light beneath it [it is possible that the shape was triangular, as other witnesses of triangles on this evening have described a ring of light beneath the craft].
She was alone to begin with, for about 5 minutes while the object was silently hovering 30 ft above the street, just above the houses opposite, and also covering the street. She called her sister (Ashley) and stepfather (Dave) out of the house.  She remembers, too, that even though it was a cold winter evening, it wasn't cold during the time of the sighting, and it was perfectly quiet "you could hear a pin drop", she said. There was no sound from the craft and everything was completely still and silent.
When Ashliegh and Dave came out, strangely there was no excitement or interest evident from Dave as he was now confronted with the sight of the UFO. Her sister was unusually quiet. By this time a few more people were in the street, around seven plus Natalie, her sister and stepfather who stood opposite her at the top of the steps that led down to the street. There were some people down the road to the left, the James family (Duncan and his son) and Mrs Parker to the right, a man who lived to the right, across the road who she called the rose man as he always tended his roses, and some others whom she did not know.
They stood there for about 5 minutes and then Dave said he'd seen enough and went back indoors! Ashley, who normally did not get on with him, nevertheless followed him in, and Natalie remembers that her sister turned in a sort of fluid, automatic movement, which was unusual enough for her to remember it. Natalie told them she would not leave until she sees the object go. For some reason this was important to her to see it leave. She stayed watching it, and mentally asking it questions. She said she actually started to get a bit bored waiting for it move or do something! She was aware of a pressure sensation in her ears.
It must have been after another 10 minutes that she suddenly had a feeling of bitter disappointment: "I found myself feeling gutted as it had gone! All I could see were the stars. I was very confused because that was my goal to watch it move, but was left there feeling perplexed, dazed....also no one else was on the street, except me." It was now cold and windier, normal for January.
She went back in feeling 'gutted' and Dave asked her jokingly, "Did you see your UFO go?" and her sister didn't discuss it. The did not discuss it with any of the neighbours at all in the days following, which again, was strange.

        
Natalie explained that the following day she showed her stepfather the Evening Post and there was an article about a Russian satellite out of orbit, which was suggested as a possible explanation of the sightings over Swansea the night before [that South Wales Evening Post  article was actually published on the following Monday 24th January 1983]:
SEE OUR VIDEO OF INTERVIEW WITH NATALIE: Night of The Triangles - Part 5 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1V7SBm5BV58iMVb5Nz-mFw
Source: SUFON Files: witness interviewed by Emlyn Williams via Facebook August 2016, and on video with Steve Drewson, Laurence Lowe and Mike Maunder 16 August 2016. 

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19 JANUARY 1983 –  BAGLAN
6.30 PM
Richard Gravelle was observing the stars through his binoculars, from Baglan in Port Talbot. He observed three sets of bright lights in triangular formation travelling slowly in an easterly direction. He assumed at the time that the lights belonged to an aircraft as some of the lights flashed on and off at regular intervals. He was struck by the absence of noise. As the lights were going over, a shooting star travelling from the north east to south west passed immediately behind the lights.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 27 January 1983.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – SWANSEA
6.30 PM
An observer located on ‘highest point of Swansea on Hill’ – presumably Townhill, saw 3 white flashing lights. Moving at a steady, slow speed towards Swansea Bay.
Watched for 2 minutes.
Source: MOD Files.
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19 JANUARY 1983 - LLANDAFF
7 PM.
John Griffiths, of Heol Penlan, Whitchurch, Cardiff was on the way home from his work at a communications company, Air Call Ltd in Cathedral Road. Passengers in the car were his wife Carole who works with him, and Dr Nribendra Deb, who practises in Caerphilly.
They saw a huge triangular-shaped object in the sky over the River Taff, close to Llandaff Rowing Club. John stopped the car, and they looked at in amazement. Carole said, "It looked like Concorde taking off but it was stationary in the sky. I normally pooh-pooh things like that, but it had to be a UFO."
She drew a sketch of the object, which shows a triangle with one side shorter than the other two, and had 10 large lights around the sides, with one in the centre. She said that the centre light was red and the outer lights white.
Dr Deb said, "I don't know what I was looking at - I have never seen anything like iot before."
John Griffiths told the South Wales Echo that he had seen a similar object above Pentwyn earlier in the evening.
Source: South Wales Echo 20 January 1983.
                                                                                                

19 JANUARY 1983 – BISHOPSTON
Between 8 PM and 9 PM
Ken Morse, a telecom engineer was at home in Ridley Way, a lane with houses only on the west side of the road. Ken explains his sighting in his own words:
“At the time of the sighting, our electricity supply was on three phase open wires running the length of the lane and was subject to power outages during windy weather. I have seen the wires blowing about in high winds and sparking on contact, resulting, unsurprisingly, in a power cut.
Events leading up to sighting:
On the night in question, my wife was out and I would have been in charge of putting my then five-year-old daughter and nine-month-old son to bed – though I have no recollection of doing this! Once this was done, I would have settled down to watch television. This is where I’m hazy on the time but I suspect it was between 8 pm  and 9 pm.
Part way through the programme I was watching, the power unexpectedly went off. As usual, when this happened, I would look out of our east-north-easterly-facing lounge window, to determine whether this was a local fault in our lane or whether the houses on Oldway across the field were also in darkness. On this occasion, they were.
The weather was clear and dry with no wind, when, looking out of my ground floor window, my attention was immediately drawn to a triangular formation of three bright blue-white “stars” that had just passed over the lane, south of my house, and were moving slowly in a roughly eastward  direction.
(See attached simulated photo of what I saw which was produced for this report. The grey area in the top corner is the overhanging guttering of our dormer bungalow).
My initial reaction was that moving so slowly it must be close to commercial aircraft cruising height. I discounted this when I realised that if it was solid it would be absolutely enormous and if it were three separate craft, the lights were far more powerful than those found on any normal aircraft.
I opened the lounge window to see if I could hear anything. As usual, in our lane at night, there was complete silence. I strained to see whether there was a black triangle between the lights but the background sky was so dark it was impossible to tell. I was then hoping it might block out stars as it passed under them but so few stars were visible that night even though it was a clear sky that again I was unable to confirm the existence of a solid body between the lights. It (or they) maintained the formation in a straight line until it disappeared over the tree in the photo in the direction of West Cross and Swansea Docks. In all I must have watched it for just over a minute but it seemed a lot longer.
The object was first seen at an elevation of about 35 degrees with 90 degrees directly overhead. It was clear they were forming the corners of an equilateral triangle with one light leading point and the other two at the rear. I reiterate, I cannot say of it was solid. Ridley Way runs NNW to SSE. The objects were about 40 degrees south of east when first seen. Without another observation from a different location it is impossible to determine how far the object(s) were along those bearings and therefore the height and distance away at which they (it) were flying.
Observations:
1.    The three blue-white lights were equally bright (much brighter than any star or planet), well defined and did not sparkle or flash.
2.    There was nothing visible between the lights and thus no black triangle or central light in evidence.
3.    There were no other navigation lights (red/green) or any other strobe/rotating beacon lights of any kind to make me think they were commercial or military aircraft.
4.    It was completely silent.
5.    The relative distance between the lights was maintained until I could no longer see it.
6.    The lights did not illuminate anything on the ground or any part of the craft as far as I could see.
7.    The lights were still visible as it flew eastward suggesting they were 180 degree lights and not just downward facing spotlights.
8.    There was nothing else unusual in my field of view.
9.    Transatlantic commercial planes flying over at night at about 35,000 feet and around 500 mph have very faint lights and can be heard.
See Flightradar24.com (REF 3) for altitude information.
Taking all the above into account, it would seem to indicate that what I saw was likely to be a large, low flying, slow moving possibly solid triangular object with a bright light at each corner.
I have observed meteor showers, a comet, faint earth satellites, Iridium satellite flares, and the International Space Station. None of these bear any resemblance to what I saw that night. I have never seen anything in the sky before or since that couldn’t be explained.
The following day, the Evening Post carried some of the witness’ stories of the sightings that occurred that night and one explanation I remember was high altitude refuelling. If what I saw was high altitude refuelling they must have had very long fuel lines because at 35,000 ft I would estimate they must have been over a mile apart! Not to mention having incredibly bright lights (see point 9 above). High altitude refuelling involves a leading tanker plane followed only yards behind by the plane being refuelled. I’m guessing at that height at night it would look like one aircraft and not three separated by a considerable distance.
If the power had not gone off (caused by the object?) I would not have been looking out of the window and would have missed it. I may have been the only person to witness this particular sighting over Bishopston. It appears to be very similar to the recent sighting over the Cwmfelin Club.

           

Ken Morse 21 August 2015.

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19 JANUARY 1983 – SOUTH DOCK, SWANSEA
Evening.
June Thomas, of Pentrechwyth Road, Bonymaen, Swansea, had just finished work as a cleaner at the Viscose plant at South Dock when she saw the mystery objects.
Mrs. Thomas said today she discounted theories put forward by Swansea Coastguards that the lights she saw in the sky were meteorites burning up as they entered the earth’s atmosphere.
“What I saw was two objects, very big objects, moving across the sky slowly and without any noise,” she said. “Call them flying saucers if you will, but they were definitely not planes or meteorites”.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 21 January 1983.

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19 JANUARY 1983 – TOWNHILL
Evening:
8 year-old Mark Rayworth was with his mother, sister and friend. It was dark and the street lighting was on. The weather was dry and clear.
They were standing on the footpath at Townhill Road, Graiglwydd Square, opposite the police station, when his mother said, “Look at that,” pointing above their heads. On looking up he saw two equilateral triangular shaped objects above them which he described as massive in size and almost stationary, but very very slowly moving, in the direction of Mumbles. Both objects were black in colour with rounded off corners.
Around the entire lower perimeter of the objects, were flashing lights, all different colours, and just individually flashing on and off randomly. There was one large white light positioned in the centre of their base, which was constantly glowing. They made no sound nor was there any trail left behind them. Their height was estimated to be about 500 feet. They all watched these objects in awe, for some 10 to 15 minutes, and they then had to leave the scene, to visit friends before the objects disappeared from view.
Mark immediately believed that the objects were alien to this planet, and says they had a profound effect on his life.

    

Source: SUFON Files: Mark Rayworth interviewed by Steve Drewson 17 March 2016.

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19 JANUARY 1983 – WINCH WEN
6 PM
Detective Sergeant Michael Troake, based at Morriston Police Station – was carrying out enquiries into a spate of burglaries in the Winch Wen area, with his colleague – DC Gethin James. They were about to get into the CID car, when they saw a cluster of lights approaching their position in the sky.
DS Troake: “What surprised me  was the way in which the lights blocked out some of the stars, giving me an impression of an object that was long and rectangular in shape. As this massive, silent, transparent, object loomed overhead, I could see a number of blue flashing lights at its edges. All I could do was stand in awe, looking upwards, as this ‘thing’ – only about a hundred feet off the ground – headed slowly towards Swansea Bay.”
DC James – “It was the most incredible thing I had ever seen....bigger than two football fields and covered in blinding lights, although I could just make out a smaller object in the shape of a ‘V’ following behind.”
Source: Haunted Skies Volume 9 pages 236 – 237.
On 31 October 2016 Swansea UFO Network's Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams met Mike Troake at his home for an interview. Mike explained that they were based in Morriston Police Station, and had gone  to visit a member of the public in a house at the top of Maes-yr-Haf [Y Gefnen, which leads off it], Trallwn , and had just come out of the front door, which was at the top of steps, which faces south-west, with good views down the Swansea Valley.
Mike said, "Good God, what the hell is that?"Gethin replied, "It's like two football pitches", to which Mike said, "It's like the whole length of Woodfield Street" [the main street in Morriston].
Mike described it as being rectangular, with flashing blue lights arranged along the sides, and there were two blue triangular lights at the rear - all part of one object, moving slowly towards them from the south-west. It was about a half a mile to a mile away from them in the south-west, moving from the Landore area. It was blocking out the stars behind it. They were looking up at it at an angle of about 45 degrees. There was no sound from the object. When it was roughly over the Winch Wen area, it slowly turned to the left (the object's right) and shot off to the south, towards Swansea Bay.
They heard over their police radio that many reports were coming in from the public, about seeing unidentified objects in the sky. There were a number of calls from the Port Tennant and St. Thomas area.
About two hours later, back at  the station, they received a phone call from the RAF at Uxbridge, and were interviewed separately. They were asked the same prepared questions, such as description, size, what did it do, etc.

Later BBC Wales telephoned and asked Mike for an interview, but he declined, fearing that they would be ridiculed.
 
Mike Troake draws the object that he and DC Gethin James saw



Mike's drawing of the object, with the blue lights on the sides and blue triangles at the rear.


The trajectory of the object and  the witnesses' location shown by a cross




                                                                                                           
                                                                                         
Other witnesses that evening:
Rita Bradley of Finsbury Terrace, Brynmill, Swansea:
“I saw two triangular objects close together with lots of white lights towards Townhill. I could hardly believe it.”
Carol Batcup of Yr Aran, Dunvant, Swansea, said:
“I saw an object bigger than a jumbo jet over Killay, but moving too slowly to be an aircraft. It had flashing lights at the front and back.”
John Owens of St. Catherines Road, Baglan, saw the lights in the sky above Porthcawl.
He said:
“What I saw was about 600 feet from the ground, huge in size and did not jave any engine noise, not like any civil or military aircraft I know. Besides, it was only moving at about 30 mph, far too slow for an aircraft. I cannot really say what it was....it was certainly phenomenal.”
Peter Trotman, of Bryncerdyn Road, Newton, Mumbles, said he was astonished to hear the claim that the sighting was meteorites. And Mr Kenneth Needles, of Verdi Road, Port Talbot, said he was also sure the UFOs were objects of some kind.
Mr Needles, who was in the RAF during the war, said:
“To be honest, I have no idea what the UFOs were, but they can’t have been aircraft.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post 20 & 21 January 1983.
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19 JANUARY 1983 – CLYDACH
Early evening.
Phil Prevel was walking his dog in Beryl Road, Clydach and looked up into the clear sky to see three lights, one red, and the other two, green, arranged in a triangle, with a dark space between them, over the Mond Nickel Works. He could not see a body to it, but could see no stars in the space either. It seemed to be motionless but  was drifting slowly towards Morriston in the south-west.
Source: SUFON Files. Witness testimony 8 April 2015.
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19 JANUARY 1983 - SWANSEA BAY
Evening. 
A 15-year-old boy [wishes to remain anonymous] was with his mother in the back garden of their home in Laburnham Place, Sketty Park Estate, Swansea when they saw several set of lights in triangular formations over Swansea Bay to the south.
"The funny thing is when I saw the lights (triangles) over Swansea Bay they were so insignificant compared to what I had observed years earlier [see Summer 1977 - Olchfa School, Swansea], that I was totally underwhelmed and didn't even realise there was anything out of the ordinary until it was reported on over the next weeks. I recall several sets of lights (just like stars) in perfect triangle formations and moving across the night sky across the bay very slowly and in sync. The sky was clear and I recall it being quite cold. I was not aware of any structure to the lights, could not estimate how big it was nor do I recall them flashing or changing. I have often thought that the lights must have been part of the same objects as they remained constant in gap / distance. There were at least 3 seperate objects (maybe more). I cannot recall why we (myself and mother) were actually in the garden - clearly something would have made us go out to look into the sky in the cold and dark...I didn't realise that the triangles were anything other than aircraft until news articles appeared about them.  I don't recall it being late but it was certainly very clear and dark (quite cold too). I would hazard a guess that it was early evening. I really cannot recall why I went into the garden (my mum / neighbour may have called me to look). The house behind us was very close and the lights were very distant and at a high angle because we could see them over the roof (cannot see mumbles or the sea even from upstairs window if that helps). I recall watching them for a while but as said previously, they were nowhere near as interesting as a previous object I had seen and I think I went back into the house without any thought of them being particularly "strange". The lights were going east to west - from Port Talbot direction across the bay towards Mumbles side of the bay. Very, very slow but in a definite and straight line. I can remember being far more interested when they were being reported by people in the following days.'
Source: SUFON Files. Witness emails June 2017.
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19 JANUARY 1983 - COWBRIDGE
Evening.
William Rich and his son, at home in Llandough Castle, Cowbridge saw a large triangular object passing in a westerly direction towards the Bristol Channel.
A little later they also observed other lights which were pulsating but stationary.
William (Bill) Rich is a member of BUFORA.
Source: South Wales Echo Friday 21 January 1983 and Thursday 27 January.

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19 JANUARY 1983 - LLANTWIT MAJOR
Evening.
Joe Tolland, an insurance agent, a former engineer with the RAF with 15 years service, of Ham Lane East, Llantwit Major, was coaching Llantwit Major under 12's football team, stopped the game they were playing to watch a huge triangular-shaped object in the sky. At first he thought what he was seeing was an aeroplane being re-fuelled in mid flight. But he admitted that this operation wasnever done over built-up areas, and two aircraft would create a lot of noise.
"I couldn't fathom out why the lights were so far apart. It was close perhaps 600 - 1000 feet up. It must have been 300 feet across, so it could not be an aircraft. The thing I really don't understand is that it made no noise. The lights were not usual aircraft lights, though it was in the flight path from Rhoose Airport."
Source: South Wales Echo 24 January 1983.
                                                                                                              

19 JANUARY 1983 - WENVOE
Evening.
Mrs Jennifer Brotherston, aged 37, of Church Rise, Wenvoe saw, 'two massive lights, close together in the sky. Until we saw the front page of the Echo, I would have thought people would think I was some kind of a nut. It was standing still in the sky - that was what caught my attention. It seemed to be like an aircraft on its side.'
Source: South Wales Echo Friday 21 January 1983.

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16 FEBRUARY 1983 – BAGLAN

Evening.
Anthony Williams of Hazel Close, Sketty, Swansea was driving past BP Llandarcy and saw a white light moving around and hovering over BP Baglan Bay. He said there were also flashes of orange.
Swansea Coastguards said there had been no aircraft in the area, and had received reports of the light which was seen just before 8 pm but could not explain what it was.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 17 February 1983.
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19 JANUARY 1983 - NEWPORT, GWENT
7.45 PM. Clear, cloudless.

The witness was in front garden of home in an elevated position, commanding excellent view of Newport area, Bristol Channel and Avon. The witness viewed a static object by naked eye, telescope and binoculars to the south west, at an elevation of 30 degrees, a light similar to star or planet, alternating blue and red in colour.
The witness was unable to state precisiely how far away it was, but it appeared similar to other stars. Two aircraft passed below the object, so could not be confused with aircraft lights.
Source: MOD Files.
                                                                                                 

                                                    
APRIL 1983 OR 1984 – FAIRWOOD COMMON
The witness is unsure if this sighting was in 1983 or 1984. However, he does remember that it was a Thursday in April.
The time was about 8.15-20 PM. Brian Harry was living at 40 Hen Parc Lane, Upper Killay, Swansea. It was at dusk, clear sky, no clouds. Brian was in his back garden when he saw a solid black disc approaching from the direction of Pennard in the south-west, and flying over Fairwood Common at a high altitude. It was travelling at a slow speed on a steady course. Its size he compared to that of the length of a Boeing 747 airliner.
He described it as like two saucers joined together at the rim, totally black, and above and below, but not touching the object, was a strobe light of a silvery white colour, like that of lightning, flashing very fast.
There was no sound, and the object left no trail behind it.
He immediately called his wife, Jennifer, and the next-door neighbour, Bob, a truck driver, and the three of them watched it continue on its course towards Swansea Bay in the east, for 5 or 6 minutes.
Suddenly, without warning, it shot off at high speed in the direction of Cardiff.
Source: SUFON Files: Brian Harry interviewed by Emlyn Williams 31 July 2015.
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JUNE 1983 – CROFTY
Clear sky.
Crofty housewife, Anne Holland of Pencaerfenni Park, her husband and friend watched ‘a bright and beautiful light’ which seemed to be swinging gently back and forth ‘for ages’.
Mr. B. E. Featherstone, president of Swansea Astronomical Society declared that what they had witnessed was just Jupiter which was visible at the time.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 23 June 1983.
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6 AUGUST 1983 – SWANSEA
10.30 PM.
Mrs. R. Lewis, her daughters and two neighbours were sitting in her garden in Windmill Terrace, St. Thomas, when a light, which at first they thought was a plane, came over from the direction of Swansea Bay to the south.
Eventually they realised that it was not making a sound. Underneath the object, which looked like a big bright white star, was a red light which seemed to be flying in circles around the object. After a few minutes the red light detached itself from the white one and they both disappeared in opposite directions over Kilvey Hill behind her house.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 18 August 1983.
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LATE SUMMER 1983 - LANGLAND, GOWER

Witness: David.

Location: 51°34'00.60" N 4°00'02.74" W
Time: 8pm-10pm approx. late Summer 1983 (to the best of my memory).
The position overlooks the Bristol Channel from a height of 100ft above sea level and range of view was from SSE to SSW with South being the direction of first sighting at '10-11 o'clock' elevation. The only remarkable feature of the site is a large geological fault line underneath (Doctor's Mine cave). Prior to the sighting there had been a dense static atmosphere for a few hours.
I had just left Magpie's Chalet (51°33'59.73" N 3°59'53.41" W) shortly after darkness fell; I was with 11 friends and we had been visiting a holidaymaker staying at the chalet. We all left together and walked through the fields to the cliff path. Just prior to joining the cliff path I heard a group of people shouting and also the sound of banging on the metal cliff-path railings; due to this I stopped, something unusual was happening for that time and location.
For some reason I looked above me into the clear night sky. At around 10-11 o'clock height I saw 3 stars (10 pence size in my field of view) blink in a pattern, they then began to rotate around themselves in an increasing arc and suddenly realised that around 1/3 of my field of vision was filled with a folding of the sky; then I discerned that instead of looking at the stars I was looking at a reflection of stars or stars through a prismatic, clear surface that was distorting light. Then I recognised the surface on which the stars were located and that this surface was rotating slowly downwards.
This object was gargantuan, filling most of the sky; I looked to the left side of the object and it tapered and seemed to stretch into the distance for a long, long way. The object appeared to be miles long. I thought I could see the ambient orange glow from the lights of Swansea reflected on it's underside a mile or so away; I could also faintly see architectural/engineering features on the body of the object. Similar feeling as seeing a large submarine or super-tanker but floating silently in the sky. It towered above me.
All of a sudden I felt as if being watched or scanned by something; almost as if the object was aware I had seen it. I had a feeling like a piano was about to fall from a building onto my head and I shouted “Run” or similar and ran as fast as possible along the cliff path to the west. As I was running I kept saying to myself 'Don't look back' repeatedly. I can't remember anything after that. I think I made it home but can't be 100% sure.
From first sighting the blinking stars to taking my eyes off the large object and running seemed like under a minute of time.
I didn't meet any of the other witnesses and discuss the event until around 1995; I had thought I had imagined it, but was told by L (who was with me that night) that she and 10 other witness in our group all saw 'it' too and they had discussed it later. The shouting I heard on the cliff was 6 other people (I know) who saw something too. I think my sighting could correspond with C+W's (5 witness) sighting [below].
At no point did I see a triangle or any other recognisable shape. It is possible that I saw the tapered side of a triangular object and this gave me the impression that the object appeared longer than it was but it must have been a lot closer to me (-200ft) than I thought (-/+ 1000ft) and at a much lower altitude.
At the time (1980-2000's) I could not recall ever hearing about 'triangle' UFO's or 'black triangles'...even when C&W told me they had seen a triangle UFO (over Langland Bay (Late Summer 1982/3) I did not link it to my own sighting. I didn't see a triangle shape at any point (during my own sighting) and whilst I believed C&W I didn't link it to other sightings of triangle UFOs until the 2000's when they were publicised. Until then I had assumed all UFOs were disc, orb/light or cigar-shaped.

[Note: the location that this sighting took place is in the exact same place at that reported by 'C' referred to above - see 8 December 2015 - E.W.]

Source: SUFON Files: witness email 4 August 2017.

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LATE SUMMER 1983 – LANGLAND

The witnesses are unsure of the exact date but  know it was in the summer months of 1983 – probably the same night as 'Arthur Stone's' report above.
A couple (C and W), who live in Langland, were very interested in UFOs and related subjects, and ‘W’ in particular is a very spiritual person.
Together with three male friends, Peter, Cus and Mark, they decided to walk down to Langland Point to conduct a skywatch. It was around 11 pm when they set out under a clear sky.
At the headland which is situated on the west side of Langland Bay they stopped by a bench to watch the sky. It wasn’t long before they saw a light high up moving west to east. Then along the coast to their right, i.e. to the west on the far horizon at the end of the Gower Peninsula they could see three lights in the shape of an equilateral triangle, one red, one blue and one yellow – all three primary colours.
Suddenly it moved almost instantly to a position on the southern horizon towards the Devon coast, and then it shot straight towards the at incredible speed, instantly taking up a position straight in front of them about 100 yards  off the coast and hovering ten feet above the surface of the sea. Its lights were reflecting on the water below it.
Watching this from their elevated position on the point they all shouted ‘wow!’ and one of the men screamed as he dived down under the bench. They could hear an electrical hum like you sometimes hear power cables making. They could also make out other people screaming and calling out, down on Langland beach behind them. The craft was estimated as being the size of a large house.
‘W’ described it as a triangle with each coloured light at the corners and he could make out the left side of it, which was identical to the side facing them, so in essence, a three-sided pyramid. Suddenly a smaller version of the main craft shout out of the top, and ascended about 200 feet into the air, moving to their right (west) towards Caswell. It too was making an electrical hum, but of a higher pitch. Half-way along the cliffs towards Caswell, still 100 yards off the coast, it shot out a beam of white light over the golf course. ‘W’ shouted, ‘Wow, give us another one!’ and as if on command it repeated the flash in the opposite direction, seawards. Following this it moved off upwards into the starry sky and out of sight.
Another identical small pyramid then came out of the top of the larger craft, as before, but this time the small craft went the other way – towards the east at an angle of about 45 degrees, heading for a point high in the sky in the direction of Bristol. They watched it until all they could see of it was a red dot.
They then saw around half a dozen of these red dots high in the sky, coming from different directions and all heading for the point where this latter object had disappeared high up over the Bristol Channel to the east.
All the time, the big object was still in position about 100 yards offthe coast, and about ten feet over the waves. Then it moved steadily to their left (east), then further out to sea and finally speeding off at an angle into the night sky to become another red spot before disappearing.
The five friends stayed there for about another half hour when they saw what they presumed was the first small pyramid go over them at a high altitude from west to east, again heading for the point in the sky up channel.
Source: SUFON Files: witnesses, ‘C’ and ‘W’ interviewed by Steve Drewson, Gaynor Vine and Emlyn Williams at the home of the witness, 4 February 2016.


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AUTUMN 1983 – CAERAU, MAESTEG
Approximately 10 – 10.30 am.
Clear sky.
Blaencaerau Junior School, Maesteg. David, aged about 10 years old, was one of a group of about 20 children in the school yard, waiting to be picked for football. He was standing with his back against the railings, with his arms interlocked in the bars.
Some of the children in the yard started shouting, “Look at the spaceship!” David didn’t see it straight away because he had to turn around and face the opposite direction after first freeing his arms from the fence.
When he did turn around he looked towards Caerau Park housing estate, and saw a disc like two plates face-to-face, edge on, lying horizontally at a 30 degree elevation, hovering about 80 feet above the houses on the hillside. It was metallic in colour and the sun reflected off its surface.
After hovering for a few seconds it went from a standstill to shooting off below mountain top level, and into the Afan Valley, casting its shadow onto the mountain sides as it went. It made no noise at any time while in view. In all, David saw the object for only a couple of seconds, but others had seen it longer.
About five seconds later, two RAF Jaguar jets appeared from the north and followed the course of the disc into the Afan Valley, below the level of the mountain tops. David knew his planes and could identify the type.
David went with three of his friends to report the sighting to a teacher, who dismissed the object as a plane, the reason that they could hear no sound from it he put down to the fact that the wind was blowing away from them, this despite the fact that a few seconds later, the two jets noisily flew past!
Source: SUFON Files: David interviewed by Emlyn Williams 24 October 2015.
                                                                                                                 
                                                        
31 MAY 1984 – SWANSEA
Saturday [?] 8 AM.
A huge black triangle moved over village, no sound, three domed lights, solid.
Up to 500 feet away from witness, at treetop height. Moved in a straight path. Had three domed lights visible.
“Upon witnessing this event, I ran home approximately a quarter of a mile. Immediately drawing the family’s attention, but there was no sign of the object. The following day, Sunday, the object was reported in the national newspapers. It took too long to run home that night, the object should still have been visible as I monitored it all the way home. But in the seconds it took to call family it had gone.
Also I have a memory of a device, a circular magnetic device, I could draw from memory. That night it took too long to run home, I can’t remember how I got from the rugby field to my street, and the speed in which the object moved, it should have still been visible. Various people throughout the village also saw the object independently.”
[SUFON Note: 31 May 1984 was a Thursday, so the following day would have been a Friday, not a Sunday as stated in the witness account – and for it to have been reported in all the national papers on Sunday morning would have been impossible – some details must be incorrect].
Source: www.beta.ufostalker.com/event/59468 uploaded by witness 1 September 2014.
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10 JUNE 1984 - NEWPORT, GWENT
11.25 PM. Following a report by a member of the public a uniformed police officer attended the house and too observed a flickering UFO which had a number of lights on it as it moved in an easterly direction at a 25 degree elevation in the clear skies above Newport.
Source: www.prufospolicedatabase.co.uk citing MOD files
                                                                                                                 
                                     
24 SEPTEMBER 1984 – MERTHYR TYDFIL
04 50 HRS.
An on duty uniformed police officer observed two bright white lights in tight formation that hovered and then moved in a zig-zag pattern across the sky above Merthyr Tydfil towards Tredegar.
Source: www.prufospolicedatabase.co.uk citing MOD Files.
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1985 – PORT TENNANT, SWANSEA
5 or 6 PM.
A man was driving home with his mother, to Bonymaen along Bog Road, near the site of Tir John Power Station, as they came round a bend in the road, they suddenly saw ‘an object’ near the ground which shot up in the air as they got near it, nearly hitting the car, before shooting off.
The experience frightened them as they thought it was going to crash into them.
No further details are known, of what the object was like etc, as the informant, the man’s sister, explained that her brother has now passed away, and their mother is in her 90s and suffering from dementia.
Source: SUFON Files: informant interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 29 January 2016.
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1 MARCH 1985 - MORRISTON                                                  
6.30 PM.
Clear Sky.
The witness and a friend’s husband were in a garden  in a village location near Swansea, when they saw a round, white object, 3 or 4 times the size of a star, very bright, and moving backwards and forwards faster than a jet, in a position at a 45 degree angle over the DVLC building near Morriston.
The witness could hear a sound like that of a piston engine, but not like a normal aircraft sound. They watched the object for about half an hour.
Source: MOD Files.
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17 JULY 1985 - TREDEGAR
7 PM.
Anthony Weed (14) was with about 12 friends playing football and saw a disc-shaped object in the sky at an altitude of at least 1000 ft. It was rotating as it moved slowly and deliberately through the sky. Anthony compared it to a huge dustbin lid. It was silver/grey in colour. There were no obvious lights visible, being a daylight sighting.
They watched as it moved down the valley and out of sight.
Duration of the sighting: 10-15 minutes.
Source: http://www.ufowatch.com/display.asp?id=1326    

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LAST WEEK OF DECEMBER 1985 - DERWEN FAWR, SWANSEA

Between 7 PM and 8.30 PM

On an evening between Christmas and New Year 1985, a 14-year-old boy (wishes to remain anonymous) was walking along the promenade heading from Mumbles to Brynmill, with the beach on his right. While in the tree-lined section next to the golf course, approximately parallel with Ashleigh Road, he noticed lights shining through the trees to his left.

At first he assumed that it was a Sea King helicopter coming to land with a casualty for the then A&E department at the nearby Singleton Hospital. He decided to cut through the trees to watch. On coming out onto the golf course he had a clear view of the lights and saw that they were coming from an object around 10-15 feet across by 3-5 feet in depth (estimated by the witness by comparing it to the size of the cars on Mumbles Road).

It was six sided but every side was only around 2-3 feet in length giving the object the appearance of being triangular. Each of the shorter faces had six circular lights set into them, in the same arrangement as a six on a dice. On each of the three sides the lights were of a uniform colour, one side all red, another white, and another green.

Due to the way it flew, twisting and turning over, the boy saw every face of the object and except for the lights, the entire surface was a grey/metallic colour and completely devoid of any detail. Its flying pattern was sporadic, changing direction randomly, and he said that it flew like a fly would. There was no sound.

'I can't say exactly how long I observed the object for, but would estimate it to have been at least several minutes. Over this time its altitude was between probably a couple of hundred feet to almost ground level. As for distance the farthest was probably half a mile the closest approximately the width of the Mumbles Road. For the majority of the sighting the object essentially just 'buzzed' around the first (from Mumbles) of the Ashleigh Road playing fields. It came very close to the road. I am sure it came at least as far as the fence. To reiterate, the object was extremely briightly lit and conspicuous but no cars either stopped or even slowed as far as I could tell. I remember expecting them to and was making my way toward the object and road to join what I assumed would be a gathering crowd. I recall being fairly surprised no one stopped.'

Eventually the object rose high into the air, around 200 feet, then moved back over Clyne Valley to the south-west and dropped down into the trees approximately in the area of the landfill area which existed there at the time, now the site of the recycling centre. It rose again almost immediately and continued to be airborne for a short period of time before dropping back into the trees after which it did not reappear.

'Being obviously curious I decided to head toward the area where it had come down, so I made my way up Ashleigh Road. As I got further from the Mumbles Road and the traffic I became increasingly nervous. I was 14 and the only person around. By the time I'd reached the junction with Derwen Fawr Road, I became aware of a loud and strange noise. The best way I can describe it was that it was almost comically cliched sort of 'B' picture sound effect, to the extent that I may have dismissed it as being connected to the object. I realise that sounds implausible but it happened so I'm recounting it. As I say, I was already really quite scared, it was dark, there was no one else around, and the noise was strange and, whatever its cause, rather eerie so at this point my nerve went and I ran along Derwen Fawr Road towards Sketty.

'At that time there was a phone box opposite the entrance to what's now the recycling facility, so I stopped to call 999. I was unable to do this though because the phone line was little more than a mess of static (not particularly unusual for Busby & Co back in the mid 80's), eventually I did appear to get connected, but the voice or what may have been a voice, I couldn't tell, was so distorted that it scared me even more so I continued running till I reached the next public telephone at Sketty Green where I did call 999 and reported it anonymously. I have never since heard any mention of this anywhere.'

Source: SUFON Files: witnes email June 2017.

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3 JANUARY 1986 - BRIDGEND

11.45 PM. Clear sky. A husband and wife were at home in Bridgend and saw, from indoors, and from their doorstep, two spherical objects travelling from the west at a 45 degree elevation, at about 2000 feet altitude, moving at a steady pace.
Source: MOD Files.
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10 JANUARY 1986 – CLYNE VALLEY, SWANSEA
7.49 PM.
Witnesses saw a triangular shaped object with six lights on each corner flying low over Derwen Fawr, Sketty. It then went down over the Clyne Valley. They then ‘heard a funny noise’.
Source: MOD Files.
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9 FEBRUARY 1986 – NEATH VALLEY
11.15 PM. Clear sky. The witness, at home in Swansea, saw a ‘flying saucer’ shaped object displaying blue and white lights moving very fast, east to west over the Neath Valley, 10 miles to the east.
Source: MOD Files.
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17 MARCH 1986 - SWANSEA BAY
6.30 PM. 
William Miners had finished work at had just arrived home at 12 Dunns Lane, Mumbles from work. When he got out of his car outside his house he saw people pointing up at the sky. He looked to see what they were pointing at and saw an enormous black triangle, quite far away, with three red lights front and back, moving slowly from east to west over Swansea Bay. There was no sound or flashing lights. He could easily see it was black against the lighter dusk sky (sunset is at 6.23 PM). It was coming from Port Talbot direction and heading approximately towards Blackpill area. 
Source: SUFON Files. Witness telephone interview by Emlyn Williams 14 October 2016.
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17 MARCH 1986 - MARGAM
6.45 PM.
Howell Willcock of Pellau Road, Margam saw two objects joined together.
"I have never seen anything like it before in my life. I saw six huge lights and then there was a gap of 300 yards before there was another three. There was no sound and they were travelling at the speed of a balloon. I had a good look and saw a faint crooked shape." [between the objects]. Howell did a sketch of the objects.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 18 March 1986.
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17 MARCH 1986 – PORT TALBOT
7.10 PM. Clear sky. The witness viewed from indoors, then outdoors, a round object with three orange lights varying from bright to dim moving steadily from north to south at a very low altitude towards the Bristol Channel. There was no sound or smell. Duration of sighting, which was with the naked eye: ten minutes. The witness made a sighting of another object five minutes later (see below).
Source: MOD Files.
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17 MARCH 1986 - LANDORE
7.15 PM. 
Tony Willmer, Landore Post Office saw two objects.
"I saw them coming in from Baglan. There weretwo lights and then they appeared to be two double lights. They were moving very slowly and there was no sound. There was no way it was a plane."
Source: South Wales Evening Post 18 March 1986
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17 MARCH 1986 – PORT TALBOT
7.25 PM. Five minutes after having a sighting described above, the witness saw a very large cigar-shaped object, displaying all colours of lights, with no sound or smell, moving steadily from the north to the south west at a low altitude. The object was viewed through binoculars, and the witness’s neighbours also saw it.
Source: MOD Files.
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17 MARCH 1986 - SWANSEA BAY
9.50 PM.
An object was seen moving out over Swansea Bay in the direction of Port Talbot.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 18 March 1986
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17 MARCH 1986 – SWANSEA
10 PM. Hazy sky. The witness, from Birchgrove, Swansea was at Cwmdonkin Terrace, Uplands, Swansea with two friends when they saw two round white lights moving together for ten minutes near a TV mast [probably Kilvey Hill].
Source: MOD Files.
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17 MARCH 1986 - HORTON, GOWER
Evening - no time given.
Alison Grove, Gable House, Horton saw two objects in the sky:
"There were about four or five of us who saw them and we have never seen anything like them before. There was no noise anywhere and they were flying a bit lower than an aeroplane."
Source: South Wales Evening Post 18 March 1986
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17 MARCH 1986 - BRIDGEND
Evening.
A Pencoed motorist travelling between Ewenny and Waterton near Bridgend reported seeing three bright lights followed by an inverted triangle travelling at about 10,000 ft, with another very bright object at a very fast speed even higher in the sky.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 18 March 1986
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17 MARCH 1986 - BLAENGARW
Evening - no time given.
A woman standing in Blaengarw Square in the Garw Valley saw a cigar-shaped object followed by two lights.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 18 March 1986
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30 AUGUST 1986 – BRIDGEND
12.30 AM. A spherical object, orange in colour surrounded by a glow was seen from a bedroom window in Bridgend. It was about “400 to 500 yards” altitude about a mile away from the observer and moving northwards. The witness said there was a church nearby. It then became static and faded away. Total duration of the sighting was 3 minutes.
Source: MOD Files.
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Clear sky.
The witness viewed from indoors, then outdoors, a round object with three orange lights varying from bright to dim moving steadily from north to south at a very low altitude towards the Bristol Channel. There was no sound or smell.
Duration of sighting, which was with the naked eye: ten minutes. The witness made a sighting of another object five minutes later (see below).
Source: MOD Files.
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7.25 PM.
Five minutes after having a sighting described above, the witness saw a very large cigar-shaped object, displaying all colours of lights, with no sound or smell, moving steadily from the north to the south west at a low altitude. The object was viewed through binoculars, and the witness’s neighbours also saw it.
Source: MOD Files.
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10 PM. Hazy sky. The witness, from Birchgrove, Swansea was at Cwmdonkin Terrace, Uplands, Swansea with two friends when they saw two round white lights moving together for ten minutes near a TV mast [probably Kilvey Hill].
Source: MOD Files.
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12.58 AM. Clear sky. Two lights were seen from indoors above Pennard. They were moving about the sky in all directions.
Source: MOD Files.
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9 FEBRUARY 1987- PEN-Y-CAE-MAWR, GWENT
6.30 AM. Dawn breaking, conditions clear, no cloud, little wind.
A woman at home in Pen-Y-Cae-Mawr (located north-east of Newport), in a rural setting, was awoken by a very bright light shining into her upstairs bedroom. On looking out of the window she saw a round object approximately 7-8 feet across, on the ground 500 - 600 feet away to the north east. There was no noise coming from it and it was stationary. She watched the object for a couple of minutes and during this time there was no movement. Duration of the sighting was approximately 2 minutes.
Later that morning her son visited the area and found three, 2-3 ft wide circles in the grass, arranged in a triangular pattern, with two sides measuring 15 feet, and one side measuring 10 feet. Inside the circles the grass appeared brighter than the surrounding area. The circles were indented about 1 - 1 1/2 inches on the inner faces. The area was also visited by a Sqn. Ldr. of the RAF. The description of the area is produced in the report.
The witness is described in the report as appearing to be a sensible lady, who maintained throughout that the object she saw was not a figment of her imagination. 
             
Source: MOD Files. 
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11 MARCH 1987 – OGMORE
00.55 HRS. Fine weather conditions. The witness was cycling along the B4524, the Bridgend to Ogmore-by-Sea road. First seen in the west towards the River Ogmore, the object was described as being rock-like in shape, consisting mainly of lights with a rim above it. It was 15 feet above the river, on the far side of the estuary, and was seen for five to ten minutes. The witness reported it to the police who subsequently forwarded it to the MOD.
Source: MOD Files.
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29 APRIL 1987 – KILLAY, SWANSEA                                                    
UFO BUZZED OUR HOME, SAYS FAMILY
By Anthony Harris
Swansea toddler Hannah bates today told of her close encounter with an unidentified flying object last night. After calmly drawing what she saw the bright-eyed four-year-old said: ‘It was ghosties!’
Hannah and her mother Mrs. Jenny Bates say they were ‘buzzed’ by the UFO which hovered silently 50 feet above their home in Curry Close, Upper Killay [actually Killay].
The child saw the object first and when her mother looked up she couldn’t believe her eyes.
‘It was just hovering there. It was tiny, about the size of my dining room table, and had four green lights on the bottom,’ said Mrs. Bates.
‘I was rooted to the spot and I tried to call out to my husband but I couldn’t speak,’ she said.
‘I must have stared at it for five seconds before it shot off. There was a rushing of air, but no noise at all. It was really weird,’ added Mrs. Bates.
She wasn’t convinced she had actually seen a UFO until Hannah sat down and drew the object. ‘Ghosties is her word for anything unusual and that is exactly what we saw,’ said Mrs. Bates.
The family had just returned from a long day out at around 10.30 pm last night and the encounter came while husband Nick was parking the car in the garage behind their home.
‘I saw the reflection of green lights on the bonnet of the car, but nothing else,’ he said.
Hannah missed school at Dunvant Nursery today but when she returns the youngster will have a tale to tell her classmates.
Swansea police said the airport  authorities say they have had no reports of any UFO sightings overnight.
Source: South Wales Evening Post Thursday 30 April 1987.
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JULY OR AUGUST 1987 – CASWELL
0100 HRS.
Two on duty uniformed police officers, attending a road block due to a road traffic accident were in position half way down Caswell Road, a hill approaching Caswell Bay from Langland. It was a clear sky on a fine warm night.
They saw a bright white light high in the sky at about 80 degrees elevation to the south. It was difficult to gauge the altitude of the stationary object but the witness estimated that it was high, 20-30,000 feet. The light, which gave off no discernible sound, was stationary for two or three minutes and then suddenly shot off at high speed out of their view due to the confines of the valley, in a southerly direction over the Bristol Channel.
Source: SUFON Files.
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5 AUGUST 1987 – RISCA
12:25 AM. Clear sky. Two police officers, an Inspector and a PC were standing on a mountain road overlooking valley with clear view into night sky. In the southern sky two bright orange lights slightly larger than aircraft lights were seen moving in close proximity to each other. Both objects were spherical in shape with no apparent angle of elevation, but were approximately three miles away from the observers.
They were moving at a steady moderate speed, one behind the other towards the south-west. After travelling a short distance the front light shot off at speed upwards into the sky in a north westerly direction and out of sight. Simultaneously the rear light shot off at speed upwards into the sky in the reverse direction towards the south east and out of sight.
A mile away from the two officers, and unknown to either party, the UFOs were also observed by another two police officers, a PC and a WPC.
Source: MOD Files.

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27 AUGUST 1987 - EBBW VALE
9.30 PM.
Conditions dry with good visibility.
The witness, in rear garden of home in Rassau, Ebbw Vale, saw three revolving objects high in the sky. Watching through binoculars at the objects, the witness watched as two remained stationary and the third made zig-zag movements around them.
The witness reported it to the police who passed it on to the MOD, stating that the witness was known to the officers and was a reliable person.
Source: MOD Files.
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28 AUGUST 1987 – TREHARRIS
11.30 PM.
A large, flat circular object with blue, white, yellow and orange lights was seen hovering over Treharris, and making a loud humming noise at first, and then silent.
The witness reported it to the police who notified the RAF at St. Athan.
Source: MOD Files.
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15 SEPTEMBER 1987 – TRALLWN, SWANSEA
Mrs. Marion Pritchard, aged 32, of Heol Gwili, Trallwn, Swansea, was called by her 11-year-old son, Christopher at 9 pm.
‘I was in the kitchen and Christopher asked me what the lights in the sky were. I looked out and saw three objects, following one behind the other. Red lights were flashing alternately and I thought it might be a helicopter but there was  no noise and the lights were very close together. I don’t know what it was.’
Christopher couldn’t get to sleep wondering about the mysterious lights.
Swansea Airport was consulted by the Evening Post, who said that it could have been a helicopter. It wasn’t a scheduled flight but it may have been an air ambulance.
Source: South Wales Evening Post Wednesday 16 September 1987.
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OCTOBER 1987 – SWANSEA
Stephen Kenny of Penplas, Swansea, was walking to work, one early, bitterly cold morning in October 1987, and was about to cross over the viaduct, when he saw:
“...a dark shadow over the bridge.
I first thought to myself, that’s a strange place to put a sign. As I came closer, now about 100 ft away from it, I heard a dull sound and realised that it was emanating from this mass, which was slowly changing shape, with two green lights revolving around it.
I carried on walking, and when I got to the other side of the bridge I saw it rise vertically into the sky and disappear from sight.”
Source: Haunted Skies John Hanson citing personal interview with witness.

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OCTOBER 1987 - SOUTH WALES VALLEYS
Lyn Woods (17) was coming around the corner onto her street and heard a rumbling noise. She looked up and saw an object which had just come over the top of a  mountain about a half mile distant, moving slowly. The object was about 600 feet in altitude and  very large - about 150 to 200 feet across and about 100 feet in depth. 
She described the object as being like lots of blocks stuck together, with white, lilac and yellow lights in no particular formation or pattern.  She said:
"...what was strange is that it stopped when I stopped and moved when I started to move. I ran to my house and kept on watching and it just hovered and moved off slowly with a low rumbling noise. I am a very rational person, don't drink, I don't do drugs. What I saw that night changed my complete view on life regarding what we are taught in schools about what is and what is not real".
Duration of sighting: 11 minutes.
Source: http://www.ufowatch.com/display.asp?id=2032

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14 JANUARY 1988 – LLANTWIT MAJOR

2.10 AM.
Patchy high cloud. A large white oval light with 7 – 12 other lights was seen by a lone witness in a car in Llantwit Major.
It was first seen at a 15 degree elevation to the left-hand end of a block of four detached houses, no more than 150 metres to the north of the observer, behind school playing fields at SS 979688. The witness stopped the car abruptly and watched for 20 seconds.
The main light was very bright, and the others slightly dimmer. The light then moved very rapidly to the right (south-east), to the gap between the two houses at the west end of the block, then to other gaps each time stationary for approximately 20 seconds.
The observer allowed the vehicle to coast backwards, following the object. There was no sound apparent at first, but then a distinctive but low rumbling noise was noticed. There was no smell.
Duration of sighting: 5 minutes.
The witness was from an RAF family background, father having served in the RAF for 38 years. The witness telephoned RAF St. Athan to report the sighting at 1.45 PM on the same day.
Source: MOD Files.
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27 JANUARY 1988 – SOUTH CORNELLY
Early morning. The witness, a man from nearby Pyle, was taking a walk along a lane near Meadow Street in North Cornelly. His attention was drawn to a large object hovering in the sky roughly over the area of South Cornelly before it shot off.
In a statement from South Wales Police:
“He described the object as being the size of three maisonettes with three rows of different coloured lights. The object moved off, but he could not state in which direction.”
Police officers interviewed the man and are satisfied he is no hoaxer.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 28 January 1988; Western Mail  28 January 1988.

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28 JANUARY 1988 – SKETTY
6.45 AM.
An alternating white and green light was seen directly above the witness at home in Sketty, Swansea. The sighting was reported to the police, who passed it on to the MOD.
Source: MOD Files.
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6 FEBRUARY 1988 – KILVEY HILL, SWANSEA
6.30 PM.
Over a period of six hours, a large, cone-shaped object was seen with the naked eye and through binoculars, 3 ½ miles from the observer, over Kilvey Hill. Meteorological conditions were good, and the sky was clear.
The object remained stationary from 6.30 PM to 8 PM, then gradually moved in a westerly direction. The sighting was reported to police who passed it on to the MOD.
Source: MOD Files.
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4 MARCH 1988 – PONTYPRIDD
8.45 PM. Fine and cold with good visibility.  A clerical assistant was on doorstep of home saw two star-like objects in a northerly direction. The first one had pulsating white lights, the second had a steady, dimmer light. No sound or smell was noted.
The witness then watched them through living room window. They were about 200 yards away and at an altitude of about 1000 ft. and stationary. The sighting’s duration was ten minutes, ending at 8.55 PM. The witness reported it to Pontypridd Police.
Source: MOD Files.
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9 MARCH 1988 – TRIMSARAN
From 8.30 PM to 10.14 PM,
a witness in Trimsaran observed in a southerly direction, a white light which moved north to a position over the village, with another close by, then it moved in a northerly direction and getting lower.
A streak of red light was observed from the left hand side.
No noise was heard. Was also seen by 6 to 8 others.
Source: MOD Files.

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6 APRIL 1988 – GLYNTREFNANT, CARMARTHENSHIRE
9.05 PM. Clear conditions. The witness was with daughter in a car ten miles north of Glyntrefnant, when they saw a large round object, with many colourful flashing lights, making a ‘sucking’ noise, moving erratically and hovering. The witness reported it to Carmarthen Police who passed it on to the MOD, stating that the informant was known and is a reliable person who was badly shaken by the incident.
[presumably, even though it doesn’t say in the report, the object came quite close, if a noise could be heard – EW].
Source: MOD Files.

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13 APRIL 1988 - BLACKWOOD

8.30 PM [or 10.30 PM?]. Fine clear night. 

The witness, a married woman was in the rear garden of her home in Blackwood when she  saw what she described as a very large star with beams of light, making a bleeping noise and shooting out beams of light. The object was static in the north-east sky several miles away. She reported to the police at Blackwood.

Source: MOD Files.

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17 JULY 1988 - BARGOED

Night. A white light was seen holding a stationary positioned over a TV mast.

Source: www.deltapro.co.uk

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21 AUGUST 1988 - BRECON BEACONS

4.20 PM. Clear blue sky.

Nigel Charles (43) was driving along the A4067 towards Brecon (not 4167 as he states in his original report). He saw in the distance what he at first thought was a helicopter tracking back and forth from the field to the road. AS he got closer he was able to see the shape better. He eventually came to a halt under the object which hovered above him at a height of maybe 30 feet. There was no noise from the object.

He described the object as being triangular/dart in shape, black in colour, approximately the size of a small car (mini), with no obvious windows. Its thickness he estimated at being 8 inches. There was no sign of any propulsion, and it emitted no engine noise. Nigel turned the car engine off to listen, but there was nothing, not even a hum.

He watched it for a little while and then it shot off, from a standing start, disappearing over the horizon in about half a second, again without making a sound. No other road traffic came past during the sighting.

Nigel said: 

"I am an educated, professional person with a degree in astronomy, and have never suffered from hallucinations. Having spent some years in military I am able to recognise aircraft, this was something beyond anything I've ever seen, this craft allowed me to view it for some minutes it wasn't till I went to grab camera from car that it took off too quickly for me to photograph".

Duration of sighting: 2 minutes.

Source: http://www.ufowatch.com/display.asp?id=1960

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SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER 1988 – CROFTY

Date is approximate. At about 8 PM,  Darren, 17-year-old was in his bedroom, listening to records, in a dormer bungalow in Rhyd-Y-Fenni, Crofty, his parents and 15 year-old sister, were downstairs. Suddenly the walls, which were also the roof of the property, started shaking.

He said he seemed to ‘know’ to look out of the window, which faces east, and overlooks the back garden, and the rear garden of the house in the next road and when he did so, his view of the night sky was filled up by three huge discs, he described as being stereotypical spaceships, very low and close to the roof, and slowly moving away from him towards the east, having just passed over his house.

There was a sound like something heavy being dragged, and the craft looked solid, with no seams or joins, as if they’d been made in a mould. The bottom of the discs, which is all he could see of them, had a light circle or ‘porthole’ of white light in the centre, around which were arranged, curved white light panels. There were no flashing lights. The three discs were arranged in a triangular formation, with one at the front, and the other two a breast behind and all were close to each other. He opened the window. There were three people outside, two from the opposite house, and an elderly woman. He heard someone say ‘we see these regular.’

He went to call his parents and sister and when they came up to see, the objects had moved quite far away over the hills inland, going over the ruined Hermon Chapel on the hill to the east, and visible as a group of lights moving slowly away from them. Darren thought later that they had moved far too far in the time taken to call the others, if they had been going at the same slow pace, and has a feeling that there might be a period of missing time involved between seeing them and calling for the others to come up.

The net day, Darren telephoned the South Wales Evening Post and was told that they had heard about it already, as others had phoned in about seeing lights. An article appeared in the paper that evening [a check has been made for the time period in question but so far nothing has been found, but is ongoing].

Also on the following day, his sister was told by a friend, Kevin in Gowerton School, that he had also seen the objects while he was fishing on the point in the nearby Crofty Industrial Estate.

Source: SUFON Files: Darren interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 26 October 2015.

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10 SEPTEMBER 1988 - BRIDGEND
9 PM. A man and woman were walking across a bridge over the motorway when they saw what appeared to be a star descending in a diagonal pattern. As it grew closer, they could see that it was semi-circular in profile and had windows with silhouettes of figures in them. It hovered motionless for about 7 to 8 minutes and was about 300 yards from them. One of the witnesses motioned to the craft to come closer but it shook from side to side three times as if to say 'no'. It then flew towards the horizon quickly disappearing from sight.
Source: Albert S. Rosales, Humanoid Contact Database, addition no: 3900 - listed as Bridgend, England [sic] citing NUFORC.

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1 FEBRUARY 1989 – SAGESTON to KILGETTY
Edward and Irene Ward of Hoyland Drive, Haverfordwest, were driving to Tenby swimming pool, at 7.30 AM. As they turned off the main A77 road, at Sageston, passing RAF Carew Airfield, they saw:
“....a round silver coloured object, very high up, moving through the sky. It then stopped in front of us, but still high up, before darting across the sky over Kilgetty, then over the coast, followed by its appearance, once again, overhead, at fantastic speed – as if in a blink of an eye.”
Source: Haunted Skies citing Haverfordwest newspaper, 7 February 1989: ‘Close Encounter for Local Couple.’
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11 FEBRUARY 1989 – EBBW VALE
9.30 AM. Very fine clear day. A husband and wife, together with their daughter, from Blaina, were in a car at the top of Beaufort Rise, near Ebbw Vale. The driver (man) saw a silver-coloured cylinder-shaped object at about 30 degrees elevation, 200- 300 feet in altitude.
It was pointed at one end and stationary and rotating slightly. Duration of sighting: 5 seconds.
Source: MOD Files.
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EARLY JUNE 1989 - CRUMLIN
Between 1.30 AM and 2.00 AM. Fine and clear.
A husband and wife at home saw two large brightly illuminated circular objects, spaced some distance apart, but appeared to be joined by a row of brightly lit spots, low in the sky over Trinant - Penyfan Pond area, about two miles distant.
It was not moving but appeared to be hovering. They did not report it at the time for fear of ridicule, however the man reported it to Blackwood Police Station on 8 July 1989.
Source: MOD Files.
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14 JULY 1989 – BRIDGEND
22.34 HRS. The witness was in Bridgend and saw an object slightly east of north at 8 – 10,000 ft. It was holding a steady position in the clear sky which had a full moon. At a distance of 6 miles, it was described as being cone shaped and displayed a steady white light, with a blue/green/red flashing light. The duration of the sighting was 20 minutes.
Source: MOD Files.
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SUMMER 1989  - CAERPHILLY

'Zack' was 7-9 years old and living n Lansbury Park, Caerphilly.
During the summer school holidays of 1989 or 1990, he remembers that one night between 2 and 4 am, he found himself outside his house in Graham Court in his bed clothes. For some reason he went for a walk, ending up near some fields on a rough path known as 'the track'. He saw a tall, cone-shaped UFO hovering nearby about 100 yards from him.
It was black or dark green and appeared to be split into segments. On each segment was a shimmering green light which may have been windows. On its base there were also green lights. It was at a height of about 50 feet above the trees and appeared to be about 70-100 feet across. David Hodrien of Birmingham UFO Group asked him to describe the shape and Zack explained that it was like a spinning top but with the top more stretched out like a spiral swirly-looking seashell.
It moved towards him and he found himself surrounded in white light. He felt numb and weightless. He does not remember much of what happened after this but does remember being paralysed and frightened.
He remembers lying on his side on a flat metal table with a light above him. His next recollection is being put back on the ground by the white light. He was lying down and after the light had faded away he got up and saw the UFO in the same position above the field.
After about 20 or 30 seconds it then moved away slowly at first then speeding up towards Rudry Mountain to the east. He felt drained and his body was tingling.
He cannot remember walking home but found himself waking up in the morning back in his room. He assumed that he had been dreaming, but would later discount this possiblity in the light of further events.
Source: BUFOG Files: Dave Hodrien and interviews with witness by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 2015.
                                                                                

7 AUGUST 1989 – YSTALYFERA
9.40 PM.
A family in Ystalyfera observed an oval-shaped object with silver, red and white flashing light, moving steadily fro east to west. The duration of the sighting was two minutes. They reported it to the police.
Source: MOD Files.

6 PM.
A disc-shaped object with a flat base and domed shape, which was glowing white was seen flying very fast and at a low altitude, making a circuit around the valley.
Source: www.deltapro.co.uk citing L. Williams-Davies - NUN 162.
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LATE SUMMER 1989 - CAERPHILLY
'Zack' , 7-9 years old was out with three friends in Snowden Court, Lansbury Park, Caerphilly. He thinks it might have been 1989 or 1990. One night about 9 or 10 PM, he and his friends were looking out over nearby farmland. It had just got dark, weather was warm and dry with a clear sky. About 2-3 miles away to the east the boys saw a flattened disc-shaped object hovering over the hillside at about 700-1000 feet up. It was quite large and covered in red and yellow lights around its rim, randomly flashing on and off. There was no sound. It was stationary as they watched it for 3-5 minutes. After a while the boys turned to talk to each other and Zack does not remember seeing it depart.
Source: BUFOG Files: Dave Hodrien; witness interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 2015.

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2 OCTOBER 1989 – CANTON, CARDIFF

11 PM. Slightly misty conditions. The witness was in the rear garden of home in Canton and observed two large white or orange lights, from separate sources, one following the other. They were moving north to south, fast and steady, overhead. Duration of sighting: 2 to 3 minutes.

Source: MOD Files.

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NOVEMBER 1989 - BEACONS RESERVOIR, BRECON BEACONS

Early evening - just got dark. Clear. Janice was driving with her great Niece, Katie (11) and great Nephew, Tim (5) from her home in Leamington Spa to the childrens' home in Neath and was driving south on the A470, passing the Beacons Reservoir, just south of Story Arms. They saw a possibly disc-shaped object which displayed large red, green and white lights, behind the car. Janice stopped the car and got out to get a camera from the boot, while the object hovered about 100 feet up and to the rear right of the car. But, due to the fear displayed by the children she thought better of it and drove off. They did not see the object again, but not long after they had re-started, a blue flash of light was visible across the landscape ahead of them which lasted a few seconds, which Janice thought was maybe connected to the object.

Source: Full report by David Hodrien of Birmingham UFO Group, who later married the Katie in the report: http://reported-sightings.blogspot.co.uk/2007/01/november-1989-brecon-beacons-multi.html

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