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UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom

Please note that the reports in this section have been submitted to UFOINFO/UFO ROUNDUP and accepted in good faith. No investigation has been carried out by UFOINFO.

With the increasing use of digital cameras we are seeing more photos showing alleged 'UFOs' - many of these could be insects, cloud shapes etc. As many readers have asked to see the photos I will be using some of them and leaving it up to the individual to make up their own mind - John @ UFOINFO.

May 2003 : A59 between Skipton and Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, England

UFOINFO Note: Please treat this report with caution. Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos pointed out:

In the written report it says that "The officer had been travelling westbound on the A59 road...", however the map shows the UFO in front of it and it was eastbound.

A U.K. Traffic Officer Catches UFO On Patrol Cars Video Camera

HBCC UFO Research Note: I have been asked to remove the actual day of this sighting, which I have done in this report. So the date reads, May 2003. I of course will protect the identity of the police officer and the person who sent me the report, photo and map.

Hi Brian, a Traffic Officer some years ago in my force handed me a Digital-8 tape from one of the patrol vehicles. The Officer had been travelling westbound on the A59 road between Skipton and Bolton Abbey, lovely towns in North Yorkshire, UK. This was a routine patrol, (actual day of sighting removed by HBCC) May 2003 approx 2130 hours – the time and date is accurately shown on the speed-detection overlay the pursuit vehicles are equipped with.

Still frame from video showing 'UFO' in the sky

The officer of course had a far better view than the limited resolution of the camera. The Officer remarked that the light was clearly made up of a packed cluster of small, very bright lights. It kind of shocked the officer greatly and you can see the vehicle’s speed slow down as the officer tries to take in the scene. The officer is experienced and well used to the Nightsun searchlights of the neighbouring force’s Police Helicopter and the officer was adamant this was not such a searchlight. No sound was heard (granted the officer was inside a moving Subaru Impreza, a fast chase car not noted for quiet travel as our local speedsters can attest when caught! The Officer feels this was not a fighter aircraft with reheat engaged (afterburn).

Anyway, despite this being rather old now, the officer didn’t wish any attention at all over this and asked me to hide their identity. I have protected name, gender and exact date in the video-capture. I ask if you use any of this report you describe the date as just ‘May 2003’ avoiding the day completely.

I have a DivX of the display at about 9MB. The full uncompressed unedited Digital-8 capture to pc is about 209 MB. I would just need time to mask off the day from the speed detection overlay (once I figure that with Premiere!). Let me know if you’d like the video, and how to get it to you. I hold the original Digital-8 tape.

Please don’t ID me either, please use ‘anon police officer’ if you like.

The video is not remarkable, it shows a white light slowly flare up to a peak brightness, then fade out again (I checked, it wasn’t Iridium’s) I enclose GIFs of a video-capture of a frame, and a detailed Ord map of the witnesses’ position relative to the image capture, also showing the approximate direction of the object from the officer. Distance was impossible to guess.

Map showing locations of police officer and the sighting

Thank you to the person for sending along the report, photo and map.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research