1982 - Reports: 27

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.

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.

1 AM or 2 AM.
Alex Brereton, 17, a pupil of Rydal School in Colwyn Bay, woke up when he heard a noise. At first he thought it was an aeroplane, but it sounded more like the noise made by flying saucers in films, he said. Looking out of the window he saw, "this white rocket that was bright." To make sure he was not 'seeing things', Alex put his glasses on.
By then the object had stopped moving, but it still looked big and there were flashing lights. Then it went away really quickly and seemed to change shape. 
"I should have awakened someone I suppose, but I didn't think."
Source: www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/ufo-sightings-north-wales-over-10876952 - Daniel Bissett 12 February 2016.

6.30 PM.
Tony Davies, of Rhymney Close, Penllwyn, Pontllanfraith, his wife Sharon and their three young children set out to drive by car to Aberbargoed. They were passing over Bedwellty Mountain not far from Blackwood when they noticed really bright lights in the sky. Sharon said that the lights were reflecting off the bonnet and lighting up the whole car.
Behind the lights, which were turning and revolving, she could see a kind of circular shadow. By now the lights were only a few feet above the car but what impressed the family most of all was the fact that there was absolutely no sound from the object. Sharon added that the UFO was about 15-20 feet in diameter. The object continued to hover over them for several seconds.
The children were crying and Sharon herself was terrified. She told her husband to keep driving but the lights remained hovering just above them before they suddenly disappeared.
Source: Unknown Gwent - Alan Roderick 1986.


Police Constabled Stephen Gamlin of Blackwood police station was with a fellow officer on early morning duty and reported seeing blue and white flashing lights circling low in the sky over Blackwood. PC Gamlin said he watched the object turn; it headed towards Oakdale, its lights turning red.

Source: Western Mail 20 March 1982 / South Wales Argus 23 March 1982.



16-year-old Anthea Bailey of Cwmbran was walking from her home to Turnpike Road, Croesyceiliog when she saw flashing lights in the sky. Anthea watched them travelling from the direction of Pontnewydd towards Caerleon and told the police. She explained to them that the lights were flashing blue, red and white and seemed to be about 300 feet above the ground. They were moving in a "sort of stuttering movement" before they disappeared. 

Source: Newport & Cwmbran Post, week ending 27 March 1982.


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.

11.30 PM.
Steven Garton, a 26-year-old member of the Territorial Army Reserves, and his wife, Angela, saw an object hovering over Little Skirrid Hill, about three miles from their home, and their neighbour also saw it.
"I'm trained to recognise aircraft flying at night and I was surprised by the sound it was making. It sounded like a jet engine but with a deep whirring noise as well. There were three white revolving lights on it and we watched it move around the hill, disappear behind it, reappear and move slowly towards us. It was the combination of the three white lights and the fact that it was moving far too slowly to be a normal aircraft that convinced me it was a flying saucer and I reported it to the police."
A spokesman for Gwent police said the sighting had been reported to the R.A.F.
Source: Western Mail 15 April 1982.


A Mrs W. was walking her dog through Pentre Halkyn after collecting it from an animal sanctuary, and saw a round object floating over the village.

Source: 'Who Are They', Margaret Fry 2004 page 62.



11.25 PM.

Mrs Irene Williams was caring for her son's dog whilst his family were on holiday. The dog was sitting in the front porch room that was like a conservatory, at Irene's house in Pentre Halkyn, The White House, a 16th/17th century old farm house. She went to call him in when she was rooted to the spot in terror, for hurtling towards her was what she took to be a meteorite. It abruptly stopped over a tree above the bungalow roof of her neighbour. Her neighbour's bungalow was opposite at the top of the steep incline, at the bottom of which was the Williams house. The object was making a deep humming sound, was round and virtually yards from Irene. It had two rings. The inner ring was dimmer with self-coloured raised knobs dotted about it. The outer ring was much brighter, although it diffused no light. Irene tried to move but her feet seemed glued to the ground, she was so staggered she could not even call out to her husband. When she found she could move, she raced upstairs and looked out of the window, but the object had gone.

For week after this event her eyes were sore and she could hardly keep awake. It affected the dog in the same way. When she described this in the village shop, a Mrs Jones said that she too at the same time saw a very large bright green eight-sided object with hexagonal myriads of lights on it, hovering over the village. Also a Mrs W. had seen the same object floating over the village in broad day-light in May that year (see above). Irene had another sighting on 10 November 1983.

Source: 'Who Are They', Margaret Fry 2004 pages 61-62.


The witness thinks it could be 1982 or 1983.
Pamela who now lives in Cardiff (2017) was staying at a holiday cottage that she and her husband owned located on a hill in a remote area between Merthyr Mawr dunes and Porthcawl. Her husband was a performer working the summer season at Porthcawl. It was at night, her children were in bed and she was looking through the window and so lots of small balls or globes of light about the size of soccer balls moving around the over  the dunes.
"I was looking out through the window towards the sea. It was dark, and suddenly this show started, which was like balls of light criss-crossing each other in front of me above the dunes. And where I was located was well above the dunes on a hill so I had a very good view. I called my husband and almost as it started it stopped so he just briefly saw what I saw but unfortunately he's no longer with us to corroborate my story, but it was a magical area and a truly magical sight. I can't come up with any reason for it....seemed to be so playful....definite pattern to it."
Source: BBC Radio Wales: Jason Mohammad phone interview with witness 13 December 2017.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 with a number of lights travelling from Thornhill towards Tycoch, i.e. southeasterly. It then appeared to return and disappeared.
Source: Western Mail 25 October 1982.

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.



A council worker saw a green coloured craft sitting on the church roof.

Source: 'Who Are They', Margaret Fry 2004, page 61.


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.