A police man filed an official report to superiors that he lost time after witnessing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) hovering overhead.
Alan Godfry, a former PC with West Yorkshire Police remains convinced he may have been abducted by aliens as he nears the 35th anniversary of the shocking series of events. Mr Godfrey was on patrol in Todmorden in the early hours of November 28 1980, when he insists a large UFO spotted him while he was on a search for missing cattle.
The officer was in Burnley Road on the outskirts of the town looking for the farm animals that were reported missing and about to give up when he claims to have seen what he thought was a bus approaching from a few hundred metres away.
But as he got nearer, he realised it was not the 5am commuter bus, but, instead, “a large mass”. He said at the time: “It was a fuzzy oval that rotated at such speed and hovered so low over the road that it was causing the bushes by the side to shake.”
He claims he stopped to sketch the “UFO” on his note pad, but was overcome by a burst of light. His initial recollection was that he was then driving his car again further up the same road – with the mysterious UFO now gone.
He says he turned around to return to where he believed it happened. The area was wet due to night time rain, but he found “a circular patch where the road had been dried in a swirled pattern.
he also noticed his police boots were split at the sole – a possible sign he had been dragged along. Once back at the police station, the officer realised it was much later than it should have been and he had lost around 15 minutes.
Mr Godfrey was not going to report the encounter for fear of ridicule but later the same day heard a lorry driver three miles further out on Burnley Road at Cliviger reported to police seeing “a brilliant white” object at around the same time. […]