A former West Yorkshire Police constable has claimed he was abducted by aliens during an early morning patrol near Todmorden 40 years ago.
Alan Godfrey was sent to reports of cows wandering across the road on an estate in the town on November 28, 1980, but something peculiar appeared out of nowhere as he arrived.
“I was sent to investigate a herd of cows,” he said during an interview with ITV several years ago.
“I was driving up the road when I could see an object in front of me. It looked to be completely blocking the road.
“As I got nearer and nearer this object, I could see it wasn’t quite what I was expecting to meet at 5 o’clock on a November morning in Todmorden.
“It was diamond-shaped. The bottom half was spinning. It was hovering about five feet off the ground. It was about 20 feet wide, 14 feet high.”
Alan’s police radio then suddenly stopped working, so he frantically grabbed his notepad to begin drawing the object.
He said: “After it had all happened, I realised there was half an hour missing from me drawing the object to me turning up on the other side. I was really curious. I wanted to know what happened in that half-hour.”
It led Alan to undergo regressive hypnosis under the watchful eye of doctors in a bid to trigger his memory.
UFO investigator Harry Harris explains what Alan said during the hypnosis, which was filmed.
‘He wakes up in a room where he sees a tall man and is also surrounded by six small robots’
“Alan describes getting out of this car and looking at the object,” said Harry.
“He then sees a light emanating from underneath it, so he gets back into his car. But he finds that his car won’t go.
“He’s then engulfed in a bright, white light.
“He appears to lose consciousness and everything appears black.
“He then wakes up in a room where he sees a tall man. He’s also surrounded by six small robots.
“He’s made the subject of some pseudo-medical examination. In due course he’s put back in his car.”
The bizarre incident in the Upper Calder Valley came just a few months after Alan was involved in a mysterious homicide inquiry, when the body of Yorkshire miner Zigmund Adamski was found on top of a 10ft high pile of coal.
“He had this terrifying expression,” said Alan. “It can only be described as, whatever he last saw had terrified him.
“There were no footprints or disturbance on the coal, how did he get up there? I couldn’t work it out.
“I could see that on the top of his head were individual burn marks and on the back of his neck there was a rather large weeping type of burn, and there had been an ointment smeared on it.”
Zigmund’s death – which happened before Alan’s alleged interaction with extra-terrestrial life – sparked UFO conspiracy theories of its own.
The coroner investigating Zigmund’s death, James Turnbull, returned an open verdict and there was one particular element that always confused him.
“This is one of the most puzzling cases that I’ve come across in 25 years,” said Mr Turnbull.
“If somebody proved to me UFOs exist and that there was one around there at that time, then perhaps I might only raise half an eyebrow.”