Alan Godfrey Alien Abduction
Eastern Britain in
late 1980 was
awash in UFO
sightings with unidentified flying objects allegedly being chased by
police down coastal roads, over flying oil rigs in the North Sea and
descending into Rendlesham
wooded area bordering two NATO bases in East Anglia.
with the more recognized incidents, however, about a month earlier
than Rendlesham (28/29 November) and roughly 200 miles (300 or so
kilometers) to the northwest, was another encounter, equally noteworthy
if a little more country, which began with police constable Alan
Godfrey  on night patrol in the small town of
Yorkshire, searching for a herd of missing cows.
before dawn, on the outskirts of town, Godfrey saw what he initially
took to be the 5:00 a.m. bus. It wasn’t until he drew closer
he realized it was something very different, a fuzzy oval hovering low
over the road and rotating with such speed that leaves on roadside
trees appeared to be vibrating in sympathy.
out a notepad he began to sketch the strange apparition when suddenly
there was a bright flash and the next thing he knew he was considerably
farther down the road the UFO nowhere in sight. Returning to where the
object had been hovering he noticed a circular dry area on an otherwise
rain slicked surface (It had been raining heavy earlier in the night.)
Later at 5:30 a.m. and back at the police station, he had a nagging
feeling that it was a few minutes later than it should have been. 
first (understandably) concerned about possible ridicule Godfrey held
back on his report but after learning he was not alone changed
his mind (at approximately the same time as the encounter a person
while driving on the same road just three miles away at Cliviger, had reported seeing a
brilliant white object high in the sky as had a police patrol from
nearby Halifax). 
by the affirmation of others Godfrey submitted an official account only
to be taken aback upon finding,
a few days later, that what he had assumed would
be confidential had
been released to the local newspaper. The ensuing investigation by a
local UFO group added to his discomfort.
unable to cast further light on the missing time, there was an
increasingly confused memory of the chain of events surrounding the
sighting (an unexplained image of seeing himself outside his police
car) and a horizontal split on the sole of his tough police-issued
boots fueling speculation by some that he had been dragged along the
ground. He also told of other strange things (apparently as a child
seeing a ball of light appear in his bedroom or as a teenager, while
returning a girlfriend home, seeing a ghost like figure and her dog
step out in front of his car only to disappear, the episode supposedly
followed by two hours of missing time.
eight month later, in an effort to clarify conflicting memories,
Godfrey began a series of regressive hypnotic sessions the results even
revealed that his car’s battery, radio and his handset all died prior
to the bright flash which rendered him unconscious. His next memory was
of being in a room with a large dog and a man with a heavy beard
who communicated telepathically. The man’s name was apparently “Yosef,”
he was dressed in biblical type clothing and accompanied by a number of
small robot like creatures supposedly the height of a five year old
with lamp like heads.
there were periods of missing memory, the recall that did emerge
was for the most part benign devoid of the indignities common in many
as to his opinion on the incident as a whole, Godfrey answered that he
believed the UFO encounter was real but as for the hypnotic sessions he
wasn’t sure, perhaps real, perhaps a flight of the imagination.
to undergo a medical investigation by a police force worried about his
mental state and though pronounced psychologically competent,
eventually resigned (supposedly) over an unrelated physical injury
incurred while attempting to take three wanted men into custody.
 Alan Godfrey is considered by some to be, along with Robert
Taylor, one of Britain's first alien abductees.
It has also been suggested by some that Godfrey’s purported encounter
was little more
than a dream, the officer having worked all night drifting off into a
temporary state of near-sleep (partly asleep and partly awake) a time
when dream like elements can encroach on the real world producing
In an 2008 interview on the UK’s Channel 5, Godfrey extended the period
of “missing time” to 30 minutes.
There is apparently some confusion as to the date, the Halifax patrol’s
stakeout and sighting purportedly taking place on November 21, 1980, a
week before Godfrey’s encounter. If so it removes them as a
The alleged abduction of November 28/29 may not have been Godfrey's
first foray into the world of aliens and UFOs. Six months prior he and
another officer had been the principal investigators into the
mysterious death of Zigmund Adamski, a 56 year old coal miner found
lying atop of a coal heap in a Todmorden coal yard. An examination
revealed he had died of a heart attack, had strange burns on his neck
and shoulders (the burns covered in some sort of unidentified salve)
and was dressed as though by someone else (jacket but no shirt, the
jacket and shoes improperly fastened) with no traces of coal dust
on his skin or clothing.
Further investigation was ended
later that year with officers forbidden to discuss the matter further.
The coroner was later to confess he was baffled, even expressing a
willingness to entertain, along with popular speculation, the involment
of extraterrestrials. The case remains unsolved.
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