Eyewitnesses who reported seeing strange objects in the sky over Yorkshire were left puzzled – and in some cases terrified.
The eyewitness accounts are contained in a UFO database which reveals that Yorkshire has the highest number of sightings (855) of anywhere in the country, including London.
The database includes several stories from residents of Huddersfield, Halifax, Heckmondwike, Brighouse, Wakefield and Leeds.
In total the website contains more than 11,000 UFO reports from across the UK.
Here are some of the more unusual reports from West Yorkshire:
Date: October 12, 6.31am
Location: Marsden, Huddersfield
Claire said: “I was leaving my house to catch the 635 bus for work.
“I noticed it from a distance above the hills due to the bright lights, and thought it was a plane and was worried as I knew it wasn’t a flight path and it was extremely low… so I thought it was a plane in distress and was nervous and came back indoors for a minute.
“I then came back and opened my door to look and to my shock it was soon close and just hovered above my house around a strip of circular lights in sections of around seven or eight red then white then green.
“As it was dark I could just about make out the body; it was like a black shadow.
“The shape I would say was kind of a 50 pence piece shape-ish..
“I was soon shocked and very scared as it was close and just as if it was just staring at me. I didn’t know what was going to happen so I went back indoors and didn’t even look at it again through the curtains.
“I waited about five minutes and checked outdoors nervously and it had gone. Obviously I missed my bus.
“I am so kind of honoured to have witnessed this. I was too scared at the time to take a picture or video, it was just too close to me, and I had no idea of what would follow if I did.
“The beauty of this sighting is that there is no possible doubt. I was 100 per cent coherent, no distractions of any format or fashion. It felt quite personal as it just watched me.”
Witness: Frank Porter
Date: May 26 2017
Frank said: “I now believe! Last night I was using a telescope on a clear night when I saw something that looked like a star but huge, travelling in very strange, fast patterns and could not of been anything else!
“It came from right in front in the distance and straight over the sky out of view. Not too fast yet not too slow also seemed to me to be as high as the stars just bigger to the eye. Thank you! Glad I found somewhere to believe me.”
Witness: Richard Slocombe
Richard said: “I had just arrived at home after being out with family. I was around 11 at the time.
“We were walking down the drive way to the house when I looked up and saw a black disc – it was pretty large in size.
“It had white lights on the underneath going in a circle and in the middle was a red light.
“It made no noise but I do recall hearing a hum. My mum and dad were with me but when I told them to look they drunkenly shrugged me off.
“The disc moved over the houses close by and was gone. Like I said I was 11 at the time. I was not drunk or anything. And I swear by what I saw that night.”
Date: July 19 1998, 11pm
Location: Kippax, Leeds
Ann said: “I saw a beam of light going on and off from left to right going across the window – it very bright almost like a torch was being switched on and off but a brilliant light.
“We had the curtains open as it had been a hot day and the window slightly open.
“I jumped out of bed which took me approx three seconds. As as I went to push open the window a disc – which was only 20ft from me – was rotating in a clockwise direction. It looked like a Catherine wheel and bright red as though it was on fire.
“I would estimate it to be about 15ft in diameter, with no sound and I was seeing the underneath of it.
“It sped off in about two seconds leaving a vapour trail. I looked at the night sky and saw very high up a triangular craft which looked like a Christmas tree shape with lights at the end of each section going on and off intermittently. I had never believed in UFOs but whatever it was it was not man-made.”
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