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24 June, 2008

Cardiff UFO may have been 'glow lantern'.

According to an article on the BBC Wales new site, the UFO which attacked a police helicopter near Cardiff, may have been a glow lantern. What do you think?

Wedding couple sparked UFO alert

The article shows a photograph of one of the lanterns being set off at the wedding. It's possible, I guess. But it doesn't explain why a rectangular lantern was described as saucer-shaped, or why it was said to have travelled up towards the helicopter at speed. And surely, an experienced air support crew would recognise a lantern? If I was a fan of conspiracy theories, I'd now be thinking that the original UFO report may indeed have just been part of a disinformation campaign. But I don't do conspiracy. Not yet, anyway!

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23 June, 2008

Police chase UFO over Cardiff - news vid

For those of you living outside Wales, I thought you may like to see this ITV Wales TV news report. Jonathan Hill reports on the recent UFO sighting near Cardiff, by the South Wales Police helicopter. Judging by the report, I'm not going to be able to follow this one up. The crew aren't giving interviews to anyone, and it seems the police are choosing their words very carefully in relation to the whole incident. The sound quality seems a bit bumpy for the first couple of seconds of the clip, but it's not too bad.



Just a word of caution - there are a number of clips on Youtube and other video sites at the moment, purporting to show FLIR footage of this incident. The footage actually relates to a totally separate incident filmed by another British police force, a couple of years ago.

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Police chase UFO over Cardiff - 2

The following five clips feature audio of Nick Pope being interviewed on the Jeff Rense show. The Cardiff Police helicopter UFO incident is apparently the main object of discussion. I've not had a chance to listen to it yet, so please let me know if this isn't the case. Enjoy!

Part 1


Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

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Another pilot sighting of a UFO

Following on from the Cardiff police helicopter UFO incident, it is interesting to note that there was a further pilot sighting of a UFO around 36 hours later, this time over Mexico City. A report on the Mexico City incident is available at Inexplicata. I find this report interesting, as the UFOs are described as ascending at high speed. The Cardiff UFO was also ascending at speed, when it almost knocked the police helicopter and its crew out of the sky.

After hearing about these recent incidents, I have to ask this. How long is the Ministry of Defence going to carry on its 'of no defence significance' charade? If almost killing a police air support crew is of no defence significance, what the heck is? What if one of these machines sped toward a civilian airliner in such a way? The jet would stand little, if any, chance, as an airliner is not as manoeuvrable as a helicopter. And even if a commercial jet could avoid a collision, the violence of such evasive action could cause serious injuries to those on board. Isn't it time to admit these objects are in our airspace, whatever they are? If we can't chase them away, pilots should at least be made aware of the danger these things pose.

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Japanese astronomers hunt ET

According to a report from Reuters, in Tokyo, "Japan's biggest astronomical observatories are teaming up for an unprecedented quest to find out whether there is life in outer space". Astronomers from all over Japan, will focus on one particular star that they see as a potential home for extraterrestrial life. Reuters quotes Shinya Narusawa, chief researcher at the Nishi-Harima Astronomical Observatory as saying:

"Everyone wonders at least once in their lifetime whether space is infinite and whether aliens really do exist".

Narusawa went on to explain that Japanese researchers have been studying the heavens, looking for radio signals or laser emissions from extraterrestrial worlds. This broad sweep has produced no results so far, which is why Japanese researchers have decide to focus on a specific star. Narusawa also explained some of the pitfalls of looking for signals from space:

"When there are some suspicious signals, sometimes it's hard to tell whether they are artificial ones coming from the earth ... or whether they are coming from the stars in the natural world".

UFOs also hit the Japanese headlines last year, when a Japanese politician asked the government if it had any evidence to suggest aliens existed. He received a negative answer. Maybe Narusawa will have something more positive to report. Who knows?

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20 June, 2008

Police chase UFO over Cardiff

A South Wales Police helicopter crew recently pursued a UFO that almost collided with their aircraft. The incident occurred at RAF St. Athan, a military base little more than thirty miles away from my home. The police pilot had to bank sharply to avoid a collision with the object. The three experienced crew members described the object as 'flying saucer-shaped'. The UFO is said to have aimed straight for their Eurocopter EC135T21 at great speed from below. The incident happened at 0040, June 8th 2008, as the helicopter crew hovered at 500 ft, awaiting clearance to land.

Some reports suggest the crew pursued the object to the North Devon coast, when they ran low on fuel and had to return to base. Cardiff International Airport confirmed that its air traffic control assisted the police helicopter by guaranteeing it appropriate air space, as well as clearing it to return to RAF St Athan to refuel. However, South Wales Police say the crew did not pursue the UFO, which vanished over the Bristol Channel, between South Wales and North Devon. A South Wales Police spokesman said:

"We can confirm the Air Support Unit sighted an unusual aircraft. This was reported to the relevant authorities for their investigation ... They are convinced it was a UFO. It sounds far-fetched, but they know what they saw... The crew are very experienced and responded in a professional manner in relation to what they saw. In today's skies, there are a wide variety of aircrafts which come in a range of different shapes and sizes and in all probability, this sighting has just confirmed that one of these was in the area at the relevant time".
The Ministry of Defence denies it has received a report of any such incident, their spokesman adding: "... it is certainly not advisable for police helicopters to go chasing what they think are UFOs".

Interestingly, a Cardiff pensioner reported seeing something "peculiar with lots of flashing lights", at around 16.20 on the same day. Mr. George Withrington, a resident of St Mellons, reported the sighting to his local police. They assigned his report an incident number. The ex-RAF man was reading in his garden, when the incident occurred. Mr. Withrington said:

"I was looking at an aeroplane overhead when I spotted this thing was in the corner of my eye ... It shifted direction very quickly, in the blink of an eye ... I looked at it for quite a while, I was watching it for at least 10 minutes. It flew off towards the east, towards Newport."

I find this report very worrying. Not only did the object appear to deliberately target a police helicopter, but RAF St. Athan is so close to Cardiff International Airport that, a few years ago, a civilian pilot mistook the base's runway for the airport runway, and almost landed his passenger jet at St. Athan.

I'm also intrigued by the discrepancies in the reports. Did the police chase the object or not? They say no. The airport's account of giving air traffic assistance to the helicopter suggests the crew did pursue the object. Also, the police spokesman says the incident 'was reported to the relevant authorities for their investigation'. Yet the MoD says it knows nothing of the incident. Is this because the report is caught up in a bureaucratic tangle of paperwork? Is the MoD being evasive? Or are UFO incidents reported to 'relevant authorities' other than the MoD these days?

Despite these concerns, the fact remains that a highly experienced police air support crew has reported a flying disc behaving in an aggressive manner, over a military base. The incident also occurred very close to a busy civilian airport. Of course, this does not make the UFO of alien origin. But someone was controlling it, and its behaviour could have cost lives. The only other thing I have to say about this incident is that I have a panoramic view over the Bristol Channel from my living room window. I'm kicking myself that I didn't happen to be looking out at the time.

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