Birmingham UFO Group Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Release Date: 17/06/2021
On 17th June lorry driver “Jules” got in touch with me via Whatsapp then phone to discuss a recent sighting of a UFO he had experienced on the outskirts of Kidderminster two days before. This report provides an overview and analysis of the incident.
At approximately 3.25pm on 15th June 2021 Jules was in the process of making a lorry delivery at Cursley Distribution Park close to Shestone, South East of Kidderminster. The park lies on Cursley Lane, in a rural area surrounded by farmland. It was a sunny, clear and still afternoon. Jules had reverse parked next to the loading bay of Whitefoot Forward, and was sitting in the cab of the lorry while it was being unloaded. He had the driver side window down as it was a warm day. There was nobody else around on the distribution park at that time near to where he was parked.
Jules was looking at his mobile phone when he suddenly felt the urge to look into the sky to the North East. He put his phone down and looked through the open window. He was surprised to see an object moving slowly along at an elevation of approximately 65 degrees. It appeared to be about 300 feet up and over the entrance area of the distribution park. The object looked like a pale grey coloured sphere, with a slightly darker grey diagonally slanting ring around the centre. It did not appear to be reflective. Jules estimates it was approximately 15 feet across, about the size of a small car. There were no markings or protrusions of any kind.
The UFO was travelling on a straight and level course to the East. Jules estimates it was travelling around 15 mph. He could barely believe what he was looking at initially. It was clearly not an aircraft of any kind, and appeared to be under direct control rather than drifting in an air current as a balloon would.
After watching it fascinated for about 15 seconds he scrabbled with his left hand to get his phone to attempt to photograph or record the object before he lost sight of it. He could not locate it with his hand so very briskly glanced away to grab it. When he looked back the object had completely vanished! He did not get out of the cab to take a look, but was mystified as to what he had just observed.
This is an interesting sighting of an unidentified object with some particularly fascinating aspects. It certainly does not sound like an aircraft, and appears to have been close enough to determine this conclusively. Using Flight Radar 24 it can be seen that there were no tracked aeroplanes or helicopters in the vicinity around the time of the incident:
360-Radar also confirms that the area of the sighting is not in an airway, which again points away from the idea of it being an aircraft:
Due to its appearance I feel that a drone is out of the question. But could it have been a spherical inflatable of some kind? The weather website Meteoblue confirms that at the time of the sighing the wind was blowing North East East, roughly the direction the object was travelling in:
However Jules does not think it was a balloon. When I asked him whether this could be a possibility he said that the look of it was wrong, it was not tumbling as a balloon usually would, and also it appeared to be flying in a very direct and controlled manner, rather than drifting on an air current where some sideways movement would be expected.
Also, and possibly most important of all, was the way in which the object vanished almost immediately in a clear sky. Jules says he only glanced away momentarily to get his phone. There were no clouds in the sky at the time (The object appeared to be travelling much lower than the cloud layer anyway). There were also no other buildings or nearby trees which it could have moved behind out of sight. It had literally disappeared, and seemingly done so at the precise moment the witness had decided to reach for his smartphone to capture it on camera. This aspect of the sighting not only points away from it being an inflatable but also other alternatives such as a radio controlled model.
Now this could of course be just coincidental, however I have dealt with quite a number of cases over the years where exactly the same thing was reported. If the object really was an advanced craft, possibly of ET origin, then perhaps it was aware it was about to be filmed and used this opportunity to quickly depart from the area.
If it wasn’t for the way it vanished without trace I would have suggested it was a balloon of some kind travelling smoothly on an air current, however at present there is the possibility it was something far more anomalous. If you have any information about this incident or think you may have also seen it please get in touch.
This was not the only UFO Jules has seen. On a previous occasion he saw a glowing fireball over Wordsley which has been written up as a separate case report. Click here to go directly to this report.
Copyright Dave Hodrien 2021