1972 - Reports: 5

Witness thinks it could have been 1973.
Cath Phillips, aged about 16/17 had finished work at the DVLC (now DVLA), and had been home for a short time where she lived with her invalid mother at 10 Frederick Place, Llansamlet. The house is located on the south side of the road at its western end, not far from the junction with Bethel Road, It was after 5 pm she knows this because she finished work at 4 pm.
It was a summer's day with a clear blue sky and she was inside the house when she noticed it suddenly getting very dark. She went out the front of the house into the garden to find out why and saw her auntie Hilary and cousin Rebecca Griffiths (Hilary's daughter) - both now deceased, standing there looking up at a round object which had been the cause of the sudden dimming of light.
It was dark grey in colour and huge, covering the road and extending to the north well over the main railway line near Peniel Green and so would have had a diameter of hundreds of metres. Cath described it as like the sherbet flying saucer sweets, a thick disc with a rim around the centre. The craft was completley motionless and hovering over them, not very high. There were no flashing lights or sound.
People driving past were stopping to look. It stayed in the same place for about two minutes when it suddenly vanished and it became light again. She tried to talk about it with her auntie and cousin but they did not want to discuss it. She remembers her auntie telling her, 'It didn't happen'.
Cath went to the nearby Primrose Park a few days later and talked with friends about the sighting. She learned that people had seen it from the park, including those playing bowls at the time.
She cannot remember it being reported in the local paper.
Source: SUFON Files: witness interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 3 April 2017.

Late evening near midnight in the Ogmore Vallley. Off duty police officer PC David Harris was out with his father-in-law walking his dog when they observed a tubular object some feet in length moving slowly across Llangeinor Mountain before disappearing over treetops. The altitude of the UFO was described as 100 feet from the ground. There were lights at each end of the object but no wings were observed. Weather conditions at the time were clear and no noise was heard at any         time.
Source: www.prufospolicedatabase.co.uk citing Flying Saucer Review Vol. 18 No. 4

3.15 AM.
A UFO was seen over the sinter plant of the Llanwern Steel Works.
Source: The Newspaper of Llanwern Group, Strip Mills Division, British Steel Corporaton, issue number 22: June/July 1972 citing South Wales Argus.

(15 September in the first reference)
Late evening a disc was sighted above the lower shoulder of a hill, Cefn Manmoel parallel to the Oakdale-Crumlin Road. It was watched by several witness, one of whom was Robert Philips who viewed the object  through a telescope. He said it looked like an 'inverted soup bowl with dark rings underneath it which appeared to be spinning.' He called the police and several uniformed officers attended the scene, who confirmed the sighting. Sgt. Clive Williams described the object as an orange circle in the sky that changed its shape to a cone, and moved away rapidly when an aircraft flew overhead. The duration of the sighting was 60 minutes.
Source: The Dragon and the Disc F. W. Holiday 1973 page 216; www.prufospolicedatabase.co.uk citing Flying Saucer Review Vol. 18 No. 6.

11.30 AM.
 A saucer-shaped object was seen near the A48 between Port Talbot and Swansea. It hovered a short distance away from the witness. It was described as being dark with a rim of red lights. Shadowy 'figures' were also reported.
Source: www.deltapro.co.uk