Robert Taylor (Livingston/Dechmont Woods) Alien Abduction
also referred to as the Livingston
alien abduction and the Dechmont
took place on Dechmont Law (Law is Lowland Scots for “hill.”) in
Dechmont Woods a forested area 700 yards (640 meters) southwest of the
village of Dechmont, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland.
On the morning of
November 9, 1979, forestry worker Robert Taylor
parked his pickup on a side road just off the M8 and with his dog
headed into Dechmont Woods to check the progress of some recently
planted saplings. It was a few hundred meters in and part way up
Dechmont Law that Taylor encountered the strange object which he
described later as spherical, twenty feet (6 meters) in diameter, dark
and with a narrow rim around its circumference, the entire construct
camouflaged and hovering a few feet off the ground.
approached the object it became at first agitated then
belligerent. Two smaller spheres dropped from its underside and began
rolling toward the astonished forester, small pegs projecting from
their surface making them look like World War Two naval mines. The
small spheroids circled then moved in and using the projections
attached themselves to Taylor’s clothing all the while emitting an
acrid odour which caused his head to spin. Seconds later the forester,
now being pulled forcefully by the small spheres in the direction of
the larger sphere, pitched forward and lost consciousness.
consciousness, Taylor found himself alone except for his
dog which was barking furiously. Weak, disoriented and unable to speak
he staggered back to his truck, which because of his poor condition he
ran off the road part way home. Forced to walk the remaining distance
he arrived muddy and disheveled, his clothes torn, shortly before noon.
Opening the door
and stepping inside he presented a sorry state: his voice croaking he
struggled to explain, to tell his wife of his strange encounter. His wife, after
hearing his tale, urged him to call the police but Taylor afraid of
being ridiculed refused, phoning his supervisor Malcolm Drummond
A doctor was also
called and while awaiting his arrival Drummond
questioned Taylor the outlandish story piquing his interest.
Adams examined Taylor but except for a couple of
abrasions found him in good health, an x-ray was recommended which was
put off by Taylor.
Later that day, though suffering from a headache and
complaining of being gassed, he returned with Drummond to the scene of
the incident. There they found strange markings, some looked like the
rungs of a ladder while others appeared to be indentations left by the
projections on the small spheres.
search Taylor was persuaded to visit the hospital but
left unattended because of a long wait.
The police were
eventually contacted but having never been involved in a UFO
investigation were initially at a loss as to how to proceed. 
taken from all concerned and a forensic examination was conducted on
Taylor’s trousers. A police examination of the area revealed the
obvious, that something had made the ground marks, but as
there were no tracks either entering or leaving (helicopters were ruled
out) exactly what was never determined.
was made of the length of time that Taylor was
unconscious (20 minutes), so with no evidence to the contrary if we
except Taylor’s story as fact  he was abducted by something possibly
extra-terrestrial for about twenty minutes.
it's not only the first UFO investigated by the Lothian and
Borders Police but is as of date unique in being the
only event on file of a UFO being the subject of a
investigation in the entire British Isles.
 By all
accounts Taylor was well respected by friends, neighbours,
co-workers, etc., and never attempted to make money from his alleged
experience. He continued to profess as truthful his version of the
events, as he remembered them, right up till his death in 2007 at the
ripe old age of 88.
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