1996 - Reports: 21

Approximately 11 PM.
Lisa Dando (aged 14) saw a light over the Sugar Loaf Mountain:
"Started out as a large bright star above the sugar loaf mountain. It was stationary for a long while until the star started to move across the sky. The light went out, but as I searched the sky and then my eyes got used to the dark, I saw a triangle shape with a dark circle shape inside. When directly above us, in relation to size, it prob would have been as big as a folded A4 sheet if you held it at arms length above your head. When the ufo was in light form it moved as quick as you would expect an aroplane to travel. As it changed to the dark triangle it sort of moved really slowly, hovered for about 5 minutes directly above us, then continued to move slowly over the Blorenge Mountain.
Duration of sighting: 10 minutes.
Source: http://www.ufowatch.com/display.asp?id=2638


Richard Foxhall saw a strange light above Tal-Y-Mignedd Mountain, Snowdonia. He thought at first that it was a helicopter, but there was no noise. He reported it to the MOD. He did some research and found that the MOD, Civil Aviation Authority and North Wales Police had no record of flights in the area at the time.

Source: https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/ufo-sighting-over-abersoch-2816420 - published 7 August 2008.


7 PM. A white pulsating light, moving steadily, low in the sky was seen over Porthcawl. A second witness reported it at 7.20 PM.
Source: MOD Files.

10.00 PM to 10.15 PM. Cloudy.
A woman from Llanrhystud was driving, accompanied by her daughter, on the A487 road, heading south from Aberystwyth. About half way between Blaenplwyf and Llanrhystud they saw a large pale (whitish) light in the 11 o'clock position at an angle of 30 - 45 degrees from the horizontal. The light was diffused or 'watered down' and most unusual. It moved from left to right across their path.
Shortly afterwards several white lights appeared from the area of the first sighting and proceeded to approach the car, passing over it very, very low ('skimmed the car') from right to left. These appeared to 'become' an elliptical white light behind hills to the left of them which eventually went out. As the lights crossed the car the observers were looking up at, perhaps, an angle of 80 degrees
The RAF CRO in Welshpool who wrote this report to be forwarded to the MOD said:
'....seemed a very sensible and responsible person who does not believe in UFOs. However, neither she nor her daughter have ever seen anything like this before and, if we have an explanation, they would be interested to know.'
The RAF had received no other reports of such sightings to date and the officer said, 'I find it difficult to imagine the cause of this.'
Source: MOD Files: letter from RAF Community Relations Officer (Wales), Welshpool, 27 February 1996.

9.20 PM.
Dark and clear. Sarah Barnard was with her 10 year-old son, Luke and 12 year-old daughter, Bianca, in a car travelling towards their home in St. Jon’s, Brecon from the north-east, and were about a mile from the town centre. They were travelling along Hay Road and had just rounded the left turn at the junction near Bishop’s Meadow, when Luke said, “What are those lights Mum?” Sarah replied, “I don’t know.” Bianca said, “What is it?” and Sarah said again that she didn’t know. They were mesmerised for a few seconds. They were looking at an object on their right.
Sarah explained, “There was this circle of red lights across the field. I stopped the car and wound down the window. There wasn’t a sound. It was dead quiet and these lights were slowly coming towards us. My heart was pounding. It was practically over the car. It took ages to get to us – I must have been there for five minutes waiting for it to come. You could sense it was solid because everything was going dark over us as if a big cloud had come over.”
She was unable to give the diameter of the ring, but the MOD file states that it was the size of a tennis court or bigger. There were 10 – 20 steady red lights, which appeared to stand vertically in the sky like a big clock face. She thought the silent object was only as far away when she first saw it as the end of her street from her home – not more than 200 or 300 metres.
“I was frightened. I honestly thought if it came over us we would be ‘zapped up’ – I know it sounds silly. I was trying to look to see what it was, wondering was it an aeroplane?”
Luke said to a reporter of the Brecon & Radnor Express & Powys County Times, “If my mum had been stood on the roof she would have been able to touch it.”
Sarah said, “As I drove off I looked up and I could see this big thing over me and I thought ‘Oh my god I’ve got to go.’ My heart was pounding, I was sweating and awful thoughts were going through my mind.”
If the object had continued on its course, she guessed it would have passed north of Brecon Leisure Centre and travelled over the empty road towards Groesffordd.
Source: MOD Files and Brecon & Radnor Express & Powys County Times 21 March 1996.

8.05 PM. Clear sky. The witness and mother saw a “figure of eight” shaped object which was very bright and had two lights moving fast over Porthcawl to the south-west. There was no sound or smell. Duration of the sighting was a few seconds. The witness phoned Cardiff Airport.
Source: MOD Files.

8.30 / 9 PM.
Easter Monday. Mandy Crocker and her partner, Paul McMurray were in a car with 3 children, driving down Neath Road, having just gone through Dyfatty lights and approaching Hafod, heading north-east. They saw a huge round red light, possibly spherical, stationary in the sky ahead of them, in line with the road and about 100 feet up. After travelling a couple of hundred yards, near the Smiths Arms pub, they could no longer see it as it was obscured by houses. They had never seen anything like it before.
Source: SUFON Files: Mandy Crocker interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 26 October 2015.

A Swansea woman claims she experienced a frightening and unnatural phenomenon at the weekend.
Cath Hayne says she was in bed at her home in Brokesby Road, Pentrechwyth, at 1 am on Sunday when her bedroom became filled with a bright light.
“People may laugh but it was frightening. I got up and looked out of the window and saw a funny figure on the roof of the three-storey block of flats opposite. It was like a huge silver balloon person and seemed to float down to the street and I got a bit frightened.”
Source: South Wales Evening Post 16 April 1996.

One clear night in the spring of 1996 (or 1997), Kyle Chalmers, 26, was walking up Gors Avenue at about 11.30 PM. He was returning home in Townhill after attending an engagement party in Landore. He had just passed the garage at the bottom of Gors Avenue (eastern end) when he spotted an object overhead and slightly to his right. It was rectangular in shape, completely red with two circles in slightly darker red in its centre.
It was moving without making a sound from east to west, then it suddenly changed course downwards at a right angle, then changed back onto its original course, again making a right angle turn. It then disappeared from sight instantly, as if being switched off.
The duration of the sighting was about 10 seconds.
Source: SUFON Files: Witness interviewed by Emlyn Williams 30 June 2015.

10 - 11 MAY 1996 – MERTHYR TYDFIL
9 /9.30 PM until 1 AM. Clear sky, but no stars visible. The witness watched an object described as being bigger than a star, white and very bright at an elevation of 25 degrees. There was no sound or smell. The object moved “up and down slowly and gracefully”.  The witness, who saw the object with the naked eye and through binoculars, reported the sighting to Cardiff Airport. Two other people witnessed the object also.
Source: MOD Files.

Witness, Steve Jordan: "I was on my way to a gig in town and was being driven by a friend when I looked up into the sky which was clear and blue (it was a beautiful summer's day), when I saw a silver triangle hovering at very high altitude, motionless. We passed under the railway bridge and looked again and it was gone."
Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk - reported by witness: 16 February 2012.

12.30 AM. The witness was driving a car in a residential area, possibly in Porthcawl because that is where the witness’s address was, and saw an amber coloured half moon shaped object dropping out of the sky in the north a quarter of a mile away.
Source: MOD Files.

8 AUGUST 1996 - MOLD
Just after 2 AM.
A 36-year-old man was on his way home from work and saw what he described as a flaming ball in the sky, shooting over Mold Industrial Estate. He was too afraid to call the police but his wife reported it after the man arrived home. She described her husband as "extremely distressed at what he had seen....The object was very large and bright. It had flames coming from the rear and there was no noise coming from it at all. It was also very low in the sky." She added that it was 200 feet from the ground travelling in a straight line at a 45 degree angle towards Loggerheads an Moel Famau which are to the west of Mold.
Source: www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/2012/07/16/gallery/files-reveal-ufo-sightings-in-wrexham-and-flintshire-22122/ citing MOD Files

10.10 PM. Clear sky with sparse cloud. The single witness was outdoors, in Coychurch, and saw in the NNW going SSE, and passing almost directly overhead and slightly to the east, a bright orange ‘U’ or ‘V’-shaped object. It passed over the road from the church in the village. The witness reported it to Cardiff Airport.
Source: MOD Files.

2 AM
Tom Bridges (16) saw what he described as a perfectly white triangular shaped object with a black stripe across its middle. It was totally silent, appearing out of thin air and travelling across approximately 60 % of the visible sky, then disappearing. This repeated twice more in different directions. It was approximately the size of a full moon.
Duration of sighting: 1 and a half minutes.
Source: http://www.ufowatch.com/display.asp?id=1816

A Swansea pensioner claims to have seen a UFO hovering over a city church. Anthony White, aged 72, of Dyfatty, claims he saw blue flashes come out of the sky above St. Thomas Church.
After seeing the strange light, Mr White went to bed but woke up at 1.30 am to see the flashes again. He said: “It was on October 13 and the sky  was blue and there was a white puff of cloud two or three times and then the cloud gradually receded and faded away. There was no sound. It must have been an energy source hidden in the condensation to create that kind of phenomenon.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 25 October 1996.

6.10 PM. Damp, finished raining. Quite clear sky with high clouds.
The witness was in a car driving at 20 mph, entering village (assuming home village of Penisarwaun), from Caernarfon side, and saw a single, spherical bluish-white object, with no sound moving from south-east to north-west, heading towards Caernarfon. It was approximately twice the height as a nearby pylon appeared about three miles away. It moved lower in altitude, towards the ground. The object flashed three or four times, then shot straight up into the sky. Duration of sighting: 15 seconds.
Source: MOD Files.

5.50 PM. Slight haze. A UFO investigator and writer from Ton-Pentre, was driving his car near Penderyn, in the company of two others, when he saw an object hovering over a hillside between the mountains to the south-south west, near a quarry. He described the object as having red strobing lights, oblong lights and two central lights. Lights strobing 7 – 10 hta. He reported the sighting to RAF St. Athan and local police.
Source: MOD Files.

11.30 PM. Clear frosty night. A husband and wife were at home and saw through a window a very bright, pulsating, ‘rocket-shaped’ object with pink-red, white, blue and green lights. They observed the object with the naked eye and through binoculars. It was motionless in the sky close to the Plough for over an hour. There was no sound or smell associated with the object. The woman phoned local police and was advised b y them for her to call Wiltshire Police, which covered the Warminster area!
Source: MOD Files.
7.30 PM. Clear sky. The witness, of Swansea, was in a car at Morriston Hospital and saw an orange light about a third the size of the moon, and brighter than the moon, about 6 miles to the south at an elevation of 20 degrees.
Source: MOD Files.

Approximately 8.00 AM. A ‘ball of flame’ was seen moving towards the south. The coastguard said they had received no reports of sightings.
Source: MOD Files.