A POLICE man filed an official report to superiors that he lost time after witnessing an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) hovering overhead.
Alan Godfry, a former PC with West Yorkshire Police remains convinced he may have been abducted by aliens as he nears the 35th anniversary of the shocking series of events.
Mr Godfrey was on patrol in Todmorden in the early hours of November 28 1980, when he insists a large UFO spotted him while he was on a search for missing cattle.
The officer was in Burnley Road on the outskirts of the town looking for the farm animals that were reported missing and about to give up when he claims to have seen
what he thought was a bus approaching from a few hundred metres away.
But as he got nearer, he realised it was not the 5am commuter bus, but, instead, “a large mass”.
He said at the time: “It was a fuzzy oval that rotated at such speed and hovered so low over the road that it was causing the bushes by the side to shake.”
He claims he stopped to sketch the “UFO” on his note pad, but was overcome by a burst of light.
His initial recollection was that he was then driving his car again further up the same road – with the mysterious UFO now gone.
He says he turned around to return to where he believed it happened.
The area was wet due to night time rain, but he found “a circular patch where the road had been dried in a swirled pattern.
he also noticed his police boots were split at the sole – a possible sign he had been dragged along.
Once back at the police station, the officer realised it was much later than it should have been and he had lost around 15 minutes.
Mr Godfrey was not going to report the encounter for fear of ridicule but later the same day heard a lorry driver three miles further out on Burnley Road at Cliviger reported to police seeing “a brilliant white” object at around the same time.
And neighbouring Halifax police officers also called in reports of a “brilliant blue-white glow” descending towards Todmorden, also at the same time.
News of other witnesses made him file an official report, which was leaked to the local press, and his case was looked into by UFO investigators.
They convinced him to undergo hypnotic regression which produced a bizarre testimony of what may have unfolded.
He spoke of the bright light stopping the car engine, a phenomena that was reported during the bizarre Warminster UFO sightings in the 1960s and 1970s, and also by a US police officer 15 months earlier in August 1979, during a startling incident when he was also blinded and the car windscreen cracked.
He then recalled his radio and handset becoming static before blinding light sent him unconscious.
The regression produced a vivid account of an odd room which included a bearded man called Yosef, who questioned him telepathically, a black dog, and strange small droids.
The case led to a media storm, with front-page national news reports and TV appearances, and went on to become one of the country’s most well-known alien abduction cases.
After details of his regression got back to superiors, Mr Godfrey was sent for medical and mental health assessments, but was found to be fine.
But he could not shake of the bizarre encounter, and later chose to resign some years on after being injured in the line of duty.
So how has he delt about the encounter since.
According to Britis UFOlogist Jenny Randles, who interviewed him, he was “refreshingly honest.”
She said: “He told me he was certain that the UFO encounter was real, but he could not determine whether the story offered by hypnosis was a dream, a fantasy, reality, or a mixture of all three.”