Birmingham UFO Group Case Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Release Date: 14/08/2012
Throughout his life, David has been lucky enough to have numerous fascinating UFO sightings, these have included a multiple witness sighting of a large disc-shaped craft by him and a number of child-hood friends, and a sighting of some UFOs at the infamous Rendlesham Forest in 1987. Due to the detail involved, these sightings have been written up in separate reports (See later for links). However this report covers a more recent sighting which was witnessed by David alongside Tim, a long term friend of his.
For reasons of anonymity pseudonyms have been used for some witnesses
It was around 9.35pm on the evening of 4th July 2012. David had been across Tim’s house for the evening. David had ridden across there on his bike but because he felt tired Tim decided to drive him home with the bike in the back of the car. They were on Cottingham Road. There was low dark cloud covering the sky but it was not raining or windy. Due to the time of year there was still some light in the sky.
The men were talking when out of the blue Tim said “I always thought this would be a good area to see UFOs!” David asked him if he had seen anything lately to which he replied “No, not seen anything for a good few years now.” A moment later he shouted out “What is that?!” David couldn’t initially see what he was looking at so leaned over and peered past him through the driver side window. Off to the right of the car towards the North West he saw a bright white light with a dark elongated shape behind it. Due to the light it was hard to see the shape of the object. It was underneath the low cloud so clearly only a few hundred feet in the air, and appeared to be moving slowly in their direction. David estimates it was moving around 20-30 mph and about 300-400m from their location. At first he assumed it must be a helicopter, but the light on it looked too big and too bright. David believes it was between 80-120 feet in length and 12-15 feet in depth, though this was hard to judge.
Witness drawing of how the UFO initially appeared:
They reached the junction with the Uppingham Road that leads to Rockingham. Usually they would have turned here but David said that if they did that they would lose sight of the object. So instead Tim drove straight over the crossroads onto Corby Road and parked in a lay-by a few hundred feet further on so they could continue to watch it. They both got out of the car.
Aerial map of the sighting location indicating the position where the witnesses parked:
Photograph of the sighting