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1986 - Reports: 20


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 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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4 JANUARY 1986 - TRELAWNYD, DENBIGHSHIRE
During the day.
A farmer said he saw a bright red sphere-like object hanging in the sky above trees in the village. He estimated it was some 40 ft from one side to the other.
Source: z1.invisionfree.com/e2wufos/ar/t425 citing http://www.bbc.tv/wales/northeast/guides/w...s/dyserth.shtml citing Margaret Fry.
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4 JANUARY 1986 - TRELAWNYD, DENBIGHSHIRE
8.30 PM.
Four people saw a cigar-shaped craft with bright red lights.
Source: z1.invisionfree.com/e2wufos/ar/t425.htm citing http://www.bbc.tv/wales/northeast/guides/w...s/dyserth.shtml (now not available) citing Margaret Fry.
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10 JANUARY 1986 - DERWEN FAWR, SWANSEA
Between 7 PM and 8.30 PM
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.'
The phone call he made to the police was passed on to the MOD, the details of which are here recorded:
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’.
The account that the witness gave to SUFON is therefore accurate as it matches the more limited report he made to the police on the night.
Source: SUFON Files: witness email June 2017 / MOD Files.
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10 JANUARY 1986 - PRESTATYN
11.30 PM.
Two householders reported seeing an aerial display lasting more than two hours from their suburban street in Prestatyn. They described a red sphere-like object which was joined by a "small shimmering thing" at which point both objects glowed brighter. They also reported seeing a red and green coloured rotating UFO which was joined some distance away by an oblong-craft.
Source: z1.invisionfree.com/e2wufos/as/t425.htm citing http://www.bbc.tv/wales/northeast/guides/w...s/dyserth.shtml (now not available) citing Margaret Fry.
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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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3 JULY 1986 - PENNARD

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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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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15 OCTOBER 1986 - CWMBRAN
8 PM. Fine, clear night.
A witness reported seeing a round object, with red, white and green flashing lights, stationary in the sky to the right of Twmbarlwm, a local hill, at a distance of two miles. It was also viewed through binoculars. It was also witnessed by a local farmer. Duration of sighting: 10 - 15 minutes.
Source: MOD Files.

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NOVEMBER 1986 - PRESTATYN

Mr and Mrs Bagshaw, together with their neighbours living in a cul-de-sac just off the main coastal road in Prestatyn, on certain dates in November, saw silver craft of all sorts of shapes, all with brightly coloured lights all over them. They were static a few hundred feet above the coastal road stretching from Rhyl to Prestatyn. Literally dozens of objects were seen, and some which were bronze-coloured looked like upturned cars in the sky. They stayed in position for about half an hour on one occasion, before vanishing. They were seen on 14, 16, 17 and 29 November.

Source: "Strange Happenings" article by Margaret Fry.

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