Welsh UFO sightings from 2005. For sightings from other years please click HERE.
January 2004 or 2005, 18:30 - 18:45
Dark. Low cloud - had been raining.
Gari Jones was on his way home from work, having got off a bus and was walking down a hill, with a girl a short distance behind him on the path. Looking up, his attention was drawn to something in the sky. He could see five huge round glowing lights in a 'V' formation.Between the lights he could just make out a dark V-shaped object against the sky. Gari estimated that the object was at least 400 feet wide and 5-600 feet in length. The front of the object was the point of the 'V' and five circular lights were arranged at equal points along the body.
At first it was about a mile away, and he watched it get nearer and then fly directly overhead, then continue on into the distance before it was lost in cloud. It was moving quite fast, about 300-400 mph. Duration of the sighting was about 12 seconds. There was no sound.After the object had disappeared he turned to the girl behind him and asked her, 'What on earth was that?' They then discussed what they had just seen.
Source: BUFOG Files: Dave Hodrien / witness interviewed for SUFON by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams 2015.
A5, North Wales
Witness saw bright lights dancing in the sky, on the way to Llandudno.
Monday 31st January, 05:00
An object that looked like an orange ball of light "Like a big star in the sky with spiderish legs" was seen.
An object that looked like a parachute flare was seen. Two separate sightings of it were reported to West Glamorgan police, who forwarded the reports to the MOD answerphone. No time and date details were given however.
Sunday 20th February, 09:57
At 9:57 a.m. the same morning, eyewitness A.M. was "travelling along the (motorway) A470 between Llanidloes and Llangurig in central Wales. It was travelling west across the sky. It simply disappeared or burnt itself out. Two of us saw it while travelling south along the A470. A very bright yellow and violet, not very large but a longish shape. Travelling at rocket speed across the sky. It lasted maybe a couple of seconds. No idea of the height but quite high."
Dubbed 'Invasion Sunday', that morning UFO were seen by various witnesses across the UK, including Somerset, Yorkshire and Cheshire. Martyn J. Rothery wrote into UFO Roundup explaining it was likely the same object: "I've plotted the course taken by the mystery object and its trajectory describes a rather wide curve. I would assess that the object was one and the same and that it first entered the scene in Somerset (Bridgwater), then it passed over Wales (Llanidloes) then Cheshire (Sandbach) and lastly it was seen over Yorkshire (Halifax). The colour match in all the incidents was very much the same: silvery/greeny/ blue, and its speed was described as that of a 'rocket.'
One witness calculated it to be about 6,500 miles per hour. Furthermore, in all cases, no sound was heard, and no sonic booms were recorded. Assuming that the speed is correct, the object would have travelled the distance between Bridgwater and Halifax in about two minutes. Accepting this, generally speaking, time pieces are incorrect by as much as two to three minutes. I would further surmise that the times given by the witnesses should be treated with circumspect. I would therefore say it was not an 'invasion' by many UFOs but rather a fast overflight by one. But whether it was one of ours--or one of theirs--is open to speculation."
The MOD Files received a report from Cardiff about a "bright blue object" which "broke into about three to four pieces, before disappearing."
Sunday 20th February, 22:15
Retired engineer, John Peers (62) was driving south of Caernarfon when he looked up and saw a very bright cluster of bright green, red and white lights low in the sky. He watched for a little while and then the cluster then shot away at speed to the west, at a low altitude, not appearing to rise in height. John said they were, "faster than any object I have ever seen in my life. I have NEVER seen anything move as fast in my life."
Duration of sighting: 1 minute.
West Glamorgan, South Wales
Message was picked up on the answerphone on Feb 22nd - so could have been received at any point over the previous few days - and the caller just said they saw something but left no further details.
20th March, 19:35
Witness saw a UFO and recorded it on video. He said he had been filming for over half hour when he left a message on the MOD answerphone to report the sighting.
The Denbighshire Free press reported on the sighting on May 13th 2005:
Heavens Above! It's A UFO! Alien beings... or a rational explanation?
A householder has called on UFO experts to help him seek the truth after catching on video mysterious objects hovering in the night sky over his property for the last five weeks. John White, of Llannefydd, has spent more than nine hours capturing mysterious sphere-shaped objects on video after seeing them for the first time at night in mid-March.
Since his first sighting, the objects have continued to appear and the 60-year-old store manager has bought new equipment to capture the UFOs after claiming his old camera could have been damaged by taking shots of the mystery lights. Denbigh and the surrounding area is no stranger to UFO activity as Ufologists have reported a number of sightings in the sky over the years, including those over Denbigh Moors and over the land surrounding the North Wales Hospital.
John says he is determined to get as much evidence as possible to seek out the truth on the mystery objects which he has been logging in the night sky since since March. The objects change colour from red, blue, purple, green to dashes of bright white.
John added: "It's a sphere and it pulses lights off it ... if you can imagine a kaleidoscope, it's like that. I don't know what they are. I see them most nights when there's no clouds, you get a break in the clouds and you can see them. One night I spotted 13."
The MOD has been informed of the mystery visitors to the skies of Llannefydd but has yet to come up with an explanation.
"When I first saw them on a Friday night I called Colwyn Bay police and they gave me a phone number for the Ministry of Defence," John said. An RAF member who called up a radar screen, failed to identify the flying object gracing his monitor, he added. John's last encounter with the mysterious objects came on Sunday evening.
"You will have to see it to believe it," he said.
Between Spring and Autumn 2005, c. 02:00
Date is unknown but was not winter. About 2 AM on a clear cloudless night, a woman aged 72, of Cardiff, was going to bed whilst visiting her mother in Beaufort Gardens, Kittle.
Looking out of her bedroom window, which faces west across fields towards Pennard, she saw a cigar-shaped object, hovering horizontally, above trees on the horizon, about a mile away. It was motionless at an elevation of about 45 degrees over the Pennard area, possibly in the vicinity of the castle and golf course.
It was metallic grey in colour and had a sheene to it like dull stainless steel, and reflected the light of the moon, which was positioned to the right of the object. There were no lights showing from the object. Its size she compared to 1/3rd the length of a thumb at arm’s length, and it had curved ends.
She thought, “Am I seeing things?” and stood at the window in her nightie watching it for 20 minutes. There was no sound apparent, but she had been aware of a flock of sheep bleating during the night, which was unusual, and she felt that this was somehow connected.
Suddenly and without warning the object shot up vertically, staying at a horizontal attitude, very quickly, as if ‘sucked up into the sky’, again with no noise. She said she watched it get smaller and smaller as it went up.
The witness now lives at the house, her mother having passed away some years ago.
Source: SUFON Files - witness interviewed by Emlyn Williams, 4th May 2015.
Tuesday 2nd August, midnight
Midnight. Clear sky.
Shaun Williams (25) was with his girlfriend on a mountain near Ammanford and saw what looked like a star, moving quickly high in the sky, at a variable rate of speed, and 'twitching' from side to side. It then stopped still then moved again. It was joined by another one and they both moved around in the sky. His girlfriend got scared so they went home. On arrival ten minutes later he told his mother, father and brother what they had seen. They accompanied him back to the site, above the haze, and did manage to see 'stars'moving weirdly across the sky and disappearing from sight.
Duration of sighting: 2 hours.
Friday 5th August, 23:00
Andrew Schnell was in his garden having a smoke. He saw a large pulsating light stationary in the sky for 3 minutes. It then moved north and remained stationary for a couple more minutes then it faded out.
Summer, c. 15:00
The sighting occurred at about 3 PM on a lovely summer day, in a blue cloudless sky. Richard John was in his front garden in Brynamlwg Road, Gorseinon, watching three light aircraft flying around. He noticed a black ‘mark’ in the sky, comparing it to a pencil line on paper, high up in the sky towards the south-east, so would have been roughly over Swansea Bay.
He went into the house to get his binoculars, and when he came back out he zoomed right in on the object with these. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. The object was cylindrical or cigar-shaped, with rounded ends lying horizontally. There were no light or protuberances visible, and no sound was heard. It looked like it was wet – “a funny brown colour like something covered in oil. It moved slowly to the left, stopped, then moved to the right and stopped again.”
It then turned slightly in an anti-clockwise direction if viewed from directly beneath, approximately 45 degrees, and as it did so, sunlight reflected off it briefly, giving it a golden appearance. It then stayed stationary. Richard then went to find his video camera, but when he came back out, the object had disappeared. He searched for it with his video camera’s zoom lens but without success. He wondered how it had gone so quickly.
While it had been in view, he had told his wife and also his next-door neighbour, but the two women could not see it, with or without binoculars.
Source: SUFON Files - witness interviewed by Emlyn Williams, 29th September 2015.
Saturday 27th August, 22:45
Sam Godfray (14) and his brother saw about seven white star-like lights very high up, moving erratically:
'....at one stage they almost crashed into each other. They were too high up to be aeroplanes and they moved too fast and turned and swerved. They would appear and disappear.'
Duration of sighting: 10 minutes.
Friday 2nd September, 21:30
Rhossili Bay, Gower
A bright object was seen travelling at high speed horizontally, west to east. The object was a matt white, which looked like marble.
Tuesday 13th September
Two women returning home from work reported seeing triangular shapes flying low over Scurlage.
Police later explained this sighting as RAF planes refuelling.
Source: Referred to in South Wales Evening Post 3 December 2005.
A flying saucer was seen, while looking out of the bedroom window.
Monday 31st October, 23:00
Keinin Laganj (23) saw an object over Bute Park, Cardiff. It approached at speed, seemed to stop and then 'zoomed off'. It was described as a dim light in the sky and was impossible to judge its size or distance away.
Duration of sighting: 5 seconds.
Wednesday 30th November, 19:00
They’re back – strange lights have been seen in the sky over Swansea again. Three triangular-shaped orange lights have been spotted zooming across Swansea Bay. The eye-witness, a retired 3 M worker, said the lights were baffling and he is appealing to anyone who can help solve the mystery.
The sighting is similar to reports of strange triangular flying objects seen over Gower last September. The latest incident happened just after 7 PM on Wednesday. Sixty-two year-old Tudor Williams, from Loughor, said he and a friend were walking along the seafront near Blackpill when they spotted the unidentified objects.
“It was a cloudy night but just after 7 pm the clouds began to break up,” he said. “Then we saw it – this triangular object came speeding towards Mumbles from the Kilvey Hill area. It was travelling at an incredible speed. Then a second one came from the Mumbles direction. They flew towards each other and stopped dead still. They were joined by a third object, then, in a pyramid shape, the three of them flew off inland across Gower. It all happened so quickly, it was all over in 20 seconds. We couldn’t believe what we had seen. I don’t believe in flying saucers and all that but now I have seen something I just can’t explain. It was like nothing I have ever seen before.”
A spokesman for the police said today that they had received no reports of flying lights in the sky over Swansea on Wednesday.
Source: South Wales Evening Post 3 December 2005.
Although outside the geographical area of our database of sightings centred on the Swansea area, this sighting is relevant in that it is connected to events which happened before and will subsequently take place, and the area of our study is likely to expand to cover events in the whole of the South Wales area. The witness in question has experienced things before and after this event, and is dealt with here on its own so as to fit into our chronology.
This takes place in the early part of December 2005. 9 AM. Cardiff High School, Heath, Cardiff. David was in the school library, repairing a computer. A group of twelve-year-old children were in the room. He was sitting at the computer he was working on, and for a moment while waiting for the computer to load etc, glanced out of the window. As he did so, and right in his line of sight he saw a dark shape to his left, moving through the clouds about a mile away at a 15 degree elevation.
It had rained the night before, and a heavy layer of fog and low cloud was slowly lifting, with the sun breaking through in places. As it appeared through the low cloud layer, the edge of the clouds made a ragged edge, like with a mountain top poking through the cloud tops, but inverted, as this was coming down out of the clouds. The window was open, he could hear nearby traffic, but there was no sound coming down from the object such as that associated with a helicopter or plane. The object was shaped like a tube, with flat ends – a cylinder of a gun-metal grey colour, and panelled. At its ends it had a lip like that at the ends of an oil drum. It was angled bottom to top, leaning to the left by 30 degrees, and as it descended it rotated left to right (clockwise if viewed from bottom). As it rotated on its axis, the sun reflected off its surface and David could tell that it was made of a metallic material. Total duration of the sighting being about 10 seconds.
It then leaned over to the right and disappeared back up into the clouds and faded out of sight. David said nothing to the children present, but was severely unnerved for some reason.
He went outside and rang his mother in Maesteg on his mobile. He told her what he had seen and she told him afterwards that she was surprised, not that he had seen a UFO, but because of his reaction – he was not excited by seeing it, but sounded scared, he was shaking while talking to her, and she could hear it in his voice. He kept it descriptive and she was blown away by his description and did not disbelieve him. He then rang his wife, who was amazed by his sighting.
David finished his work at the school early and drove home to Pontarddulais as soon as he could, feeling a need to be with his family. He could not sleep for four or five days. He went to a doctor and was treated for insomnia, losing in all, six days work. He has suffered from insomnia many times since, the condition coming in waves.
He saw a counsellor and told her of the UFO sighting, and she asked an interesting thing – ‘had the sighting been engineered for him to see it at that moment?’ because he only happened to look out of the window as it appeared, with him looking at the exact part of the sky.
After this sighting, David started thinking about UFOs more, has watched the sky more and takes photographs and videos of the sky. He is convinced that what happened to him that day has awakened latent memories of previous experiences throughout his life, and continues to do so to the present.
Source: SUFON database.
Clyne Common, Gower
Date is approximate – could be 2005 – 2008.
Around midnight to 1 AM on a Saturday night, off-duty police officer, ‘D’ was with his mother on Dan-Y-Graig Road, Port Tennant, Swansea, when they saw a bright white light descending vertically in the south-west in the direction of south Gower / Mumbles area. It was in the evening and conditions were dark.
They drove around Swansea Bay in the direction of the area that the light came down to see if they could see it. They drove to Mumbles, returned and turned left at Blackpill along the B4436. Whilst crossing Clyne Common, as they approached Murton, they observed a huge white orb on the ground on the right hand side, about 1/3 mile distant in the middle of the common, which they watched for a time, before they left the area. The object was still there when they left.
We hope to glean some more details about this case in due course.
It is interesting to note, that the site where the object was seen on the ground, is very near to the site where two boys saw a UFO taking off from the ground on 31 August 1977.
Source: SUFON Files - witness interviewed by Steve Drewson and Emlyn Williams, 2nd August 2015.