The following article was published in “The Evening News, Norwich”,
Norfolk, UK on 29th August 2006
Is anybody out there?
Is it just pie in the sky or do UFOs
A strange series of lights seen in the sky last week have prompted
one group to ask for witnesses to come forward to help fuel the
debate on whether we are being watched by beings from outer space.
Kim Briscoe asks "Do you believe?"
Witnesses to a reported sighting of an unidentified flying object
over Hellesdon are being asked to come forward.
So far two people saw a black triangular craft appear in the sky
above Low Road, but the Norfolk UFO Society (NUFOS) feels more
people must have seen the mystery in the sky.
The Evening News was contacted by one of the witnesses to the anomaly,
which happened at 12.20am on August 23. A second man, a civil aviation
worker at Norwich Airport, also reported seeing the lights in the
The aviation specialist, who did not want to be identified and
said it was definitely not a stealth aircraft, was walking home
from the cinema when he saw the craft about 50ft in the air, and
judged it to nine feet by five feet by comparing it with nearby
said: "A bright red ball just appeared. It glowed then turned
blue and a triangular black glass type solid craft appeared. It
pulsed various lights but there was no sound. It turned as if to
look in my direction.
"It fired off a light beam that jumped rapidly from house
to house along Low Road. It then increased the light at the flat
edge, I presume the back, and it just shot off in total silence
towards the north. No sound at any time except a static fizz in
Witness Austin Paxman, of Norwich, contacted the Evening News and
said he was taking a short cut across the Royal Norwich Golf Club
when he saw the same craft, but from a different angle.
said: "There seems to be more and more UFO reports for Norwich
and I am curious as to what is being done about it."
John Sayer, of NUFOS, said he would be interested to speak to people
who have reported UFO incidents.
said: "This does appear to be a very detailed report and the
fact they are in aviation lends it credibility - if they are telling
"In a book by Timothy Good called Beyond Top Secret he says
the hotspot for UFO activity in the UK in terms of reports to official
bodies is the Norwich area.
"We approach reports in as rigorously a scientific way as
possible. We don't just accept anything and always investigate
"Ufology is more about the study of UFO reports rather than
"One of the things we try to do is to familiarize ourselves
with what conventional aircraft look like at night time.
"According to the folklore 90 per cent of sightings are explainable
but I have never seen any hard statistics on that I think it's
just what people say.
"I don't think people are that stupid that they can mistake
planes for UFOs, especially in an area like this where people are
used to seeing helicopters and planes going over all the time."
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