Updated: Aug 2
Birmingham UFO Group Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Release Date: 01/07/2010 Last Updated: 02/08/2020
For reasons of anonymity pseudonyms have been used
Darren lives with his family on The Grove, Hadley, Telford. He has had a number of interesting experiences throughout his life, experiences which could well be linked with UFO contact. His sister has also had numerous experiences which I have fully investigated, and can be read about in a seperate case report (Shard End Contact Case).
Darren first got in touch with BUFOG on 21st July 2010, after being forwarded our details by one of our contacts. He went over his experiences in brief detail, and mentioned that recently an object was ejected from his right leg which he believed could possibly be an alien implant.
I briefly discussed Darren’s experiences with him via E-Mail. At the time of the initial investigation he lived with his parents in West Bromwich. As he lived in the Birmingham area I felt it would be much better to meet up face-to-face. On Monday 26th July 2010 I drove around to his parent's house to speak to him directly. We discussed his experiences in great detail and I also got Darren to do some drawings, which are featured in this report.
Darren also passed on to me the possible implant in a small jar. I spoke with a contact of mine about the possibility of getting the object scientifically analysed, however due to its appearance and the circumstances it was found it has not been deemed worthy of analysis at this time.
The most compelling incident linking Darren with ET contact happened to him between the age of 7-10 in 1993-96 (He cannot remember the exact year). It happened during his school holidays so would have been towards the end of summer. On the evening of the incident, Darren settled down to sleep as normal.
The next thing he was aware of, he found himself stood near the bottom of his back garden. He was leaning up against a pile of stone slabs, which were there as the garden was being worked on at the time. It was dark and cold, and he was shivering. He only had his boxer shorts on, which is how he had gone to sleep. He looked up and all he could see above him was a very bright white light. It appeared to be low down below the tree line, and he could not see any edges to this light.
Old photograph of the garden, indicating the position where Darren found himself standing:
He then looked down at his left leg. It had some strange coloured markings along it from the knee down. It looked almost like it was painted on, however Darren cannot be certain that it wasn’t coloured light coming down and striking his leg. The pattern had a number of stripes in and was made up of green, red, black and possibly some yellow. It reminded him almost of a country’s flag. From what he remembers, the central section was green with a black stripe along each side, and then coming out from this at diagonals were four wide red stripes, it was very peculiar.
Drawing of the markings seen on Darren's leg:
Darren tried to move but found he couldn’t, it felt almost as if there were weights tied to him, though he knew there were not. This is all he can remember.
The next thing he was conscious of was being back in his own bed. It was morning time and he felt like he hadn’t slept at all. He briefly checked his leg, but the strange pattern was no longer on it. At the time he put it down to a strange and vivid dream, but now he is not so sure. Soon afterwards he told his sister about what happened, but did not tell his parents as he felt they would not understand.
Some of the aspects of what Darren experienced suggest that he may have been abducted. His memories of suddenly being in the garden in the middle of the night could have been from when he had just been returned. The glowing white light low down over his head could have been coming from a craft which had just brought him back after an abduction experience. Could the way in which he found he could not walk be related to this in some way? It is common for contactees to be paralyzed when they are taken. Perhaps his body was still partially shut down. Another aspect which points towards contact is how he felt in the morning – this feeling of extreme tiredness is often reported by contactees following experiences.
The strange markings on his leg is a very unusual aspect. Could they have been coloured lights from the craft landing on him? Possibly, but Darren says it looked more solid than just light, almost as if his leg had been painted. It is unlikely it was some kind of substance, because if it was it would still have been present in the morning.
Could Darren have just sleep walked out into the garden, and the white light and colours were brought on by his mind not being fully awake? This is a possibility, but Darren says that there were two locked doors he would have had to have got the keys for and then opened in order to get outside. He did not check to see if these doors were still locked in the morning as it did not cross his mind that he could have sleep walked. However he is not prone to sleep walking at all.
The other possibility which must be considered is that none of it took place and it was nothing more than a vivid dream. The markings on his leg are a very unusual aspect and it is true that Darren does not remember going back inside the house and getting back into his bed. He has no memories at all of seeing any beings or being aboard a craft, so perhaps the incident was just a dream. I have my suspicions that something took place, but just like Darren I cannot say for sure.
The Black Implants
The following evening after the incident where he found himself in the garden, Darren was sitting with his father watching TV. He suddenly felt that something was sticking out of his left ankle. His dad said “Let’s have a look”. He got some tweezers and yanked whatever it was out. This left a small gaping hole in his ankle, but strangely it did not hurt at all and did not look sore. Darren asked “Is it a splinter?” His father replied “No, it looks like a strand of metal” He showed Darren the object he had removed. It was a long thin black but metallic-looking strand. Darren was sure he had not been near anything which could have been responsible and stuck into his ankle. His dad put it in some tissue paper and threw it in the bin, and no more was thought about it.
Photograph of Darren’s ankle, indicating the position where the black object was removed:
Drawing of Darren’s ankle with the black object sticking out:
Close up drawing of the black object:
A few days later, he once again felt something sticking out from the same place. He looked down and could once again see a black metallic strand. He went and showed it to his father, who was amazed and said “How did that come back? You don’t grow metal hairs!” Once again his dad removed the object with tweezers and threw it away. At the time Darren put the closeness of these strange events down to coincidence and did not relate them to one another. Now he is not so sure, and feels that the strange objects which came out from his ankle were in some way related to the incident in the garden.
It is very that these strange objects were found in the days following the garden incident. Could the objects have perhaps been implants that had been put into him for some purpose? If this is true, then this suggests that the first one was put into him on the previous night, and a second implant was put into him after the first one was removed. Implants have been known to be ejected from the body in such a way, though usually they would be discovered as a lump under the skin or on an X-Ray.
However implants which have been removed from contactees do not usually take this form. They tend to look like either small metal rounded balls or bars. It is possible that the black metallic strand was either a splinter or waste compounds being ejected from him. Perhaps when his father pulled out the object the first time from his ankle, he only managed to grab half of it with the tweezers and it snapped, and then several days later the other half of the object was expelled. When looking into this subject, it is important to remain rational and look at all possibilities.
Multi-Coloured Lights UFO Sighting
A number of years ago, Darren’ father was out in the back garden when he spotted a strange object hovering in the sky. He came back inside and called Darren to come and take a look at the object. They both headed back outside onto the patio, and his dad pointed it out to him.
Map showing the area the UFO was sighted over:
Their view was partially blocked by a nearby tree, however due to the time of year there were very few leaves on it. Behind the tree stationary in the sky was an object with a number of coloured lights along it. Darren believes the lights were red, orange and white in colour (He cannot remember the exact configuration). It was dusk so the object behind the lights could not clearly be made out, although he believes it would have been disc-shaped. It looked a little larger than the size of a car.
Photograph from the sighting location in the direction the UFO was seen (There were far fewer leaves on the tree at the time):
Witness drawing of the coloured lights:
The object wasn’t directly behind the tree but was quite close, within a quarter mile. It was at quite low altitude, about 300 feet in the air. It was completely silent. His dad mentioned how it looked strange and could not be a helicopter. The witnesses stood and watched the object for about 20 minutes, during which time the object did not move at all. However Darren does not remember how the sighting ended, whether the object vanished or they just came back inside the house and left it there.
Most contactees report seeing UFOs, sometimes though not always related to contact experiences. It is possible that the UFO that Darren and his father saw was there specifically to observe him. However the fact that Darren was not actually outside at the time and was called out by his father tends to suggest that this was a unrelated sighting.
Another Close Encounter?
On many occasions UFOs have been known to cause electrical disturbance at close proximity. This is probably due to their method of propulsion. In summer 2009 Darren had a fascinating experience which may suggest that a close encounter with a craft had taken place. His girlfriend lives in Kingstanding, and he was driving home from her house late at night. His usual route would take him along the Chester Road, however on this night the police had the road blocked off. His car had sat nav, so he put in an alternative route. This route led him towards Sutton Coldfield along some country lanes.
While he was driving along the lanes, all of a sudden his car completely cut off. The engine stopped, and both the internal and head lights went out. At the same moment his sat nav also switched off. This left him sitting in the car in the darkness. He tried ringing his girlfriend, but found that his mobile phone was not working either, it was displaying a no signal message. He sat there in the car for about 10 minutes not knowing what to do. He did not see anything out of the ordinary, it was just dark and extremely quiet.
After this time had passed, suddenly everything turned back on. The car lights and dashboard switched on, the sat nav came back on and so did the mobile phone. Darren was of course very relieved. He immediately rang his girlfriend to tell her about the incident.
The fact that the car electrics, the sat nav (which was independently battery powered), and his mobile phone all cut off at the same time is very interesting. It certainly appears that something had taken place. Could it have been some kind of electrical surge? Or could an ET craft have been in the local area which caused everything to shut down? If so, perhaps this craft was there specifically to observe Darren. We will never know for sure, but considering Darren's other experiences this is a possibility which should be considered.
In April 2010 Darren had memories of what he believed was a dream. In this dream he was standing in his bedroom in the middle of the night. It was quite dark but he could see out of the corner of his eye a shadowy being standing next to him to his right and staring at him. He was too frightened to turn round and stare directly at this being. He could see that the being was a little taller than himself, around 7 feet high. This is all he can remember from this incident.
It is possible that this was not a dream at all, but memories of a contact experience. Many contactees report seeing shadowy figures in their room at night. Perhaps this incident preceeded or followed an abduction experience. Obviously due to the lack of information regarding this event it is impossible to say for sure.
The White Implant
On the evening of Sunday 11th July 2010 Darren was sitting in the living room with his parents and watching TV. He had his hand resting on his right knee. All of a sudden he felt something digging into the palm of his hand. He looked closer and could see something sticking out a short distance from just below his right knee. He went and got some tweezers and pulled the object out. It must have been quite deep as a little blood came from the hole left behind.
Photograph showing the position on Darren’s leg where the object was found:
The object was about 6mm long and 1mm wide. It was an off-white colour. His dad mentioned the black objects which had been removed years ago. Because of his other experiences, Darren wondered if this object was connected to them, and was possibly another alien implant. He decided to keep the object in a small jar.
Photograph of the white object in the jar:
Close up of the object:
Darren’s girlfriend is a nurse, and she decided to look at the object under a microscope. She could not identify the object and said that it appeared strange. She said that it almost looked like an insect larva, however it is hard so is unlikely to be this.
At the moment we are not aware of what the object is. It is entirely possible that it is nothing more than a splinter - perhaps a nail or bone fragment. Just as with the black objects, it does not have the usual appearance of an implant. Also it does not appear to be related to any known contact experience, at least to Darren’s current knowledge. Nothing else went on around the time that the object was found which could suggest that contact had taken place.
On the evening of 3rd August 2010, Darren stayed up late watching TV. He finally decided to go to bed. He was lying in bed and looked at the clock. It was almost 1am. What seemed like only a few moments later he decided to check the clock again, and now it said 4.25am. He then realised his body felt extremely drained of energy and tender almost like he was bruised all over. It also felt like his body was heavy.
Almost straight away a memory came back to him. In this memory he remembered getting up out of bed and having the urge to go and look out of the window in his parent’s bedroom. He went into their room and they were fast asleep. When he looked out of the window he spotted 5 bright white lights in the night sky off to the left above a nearby doctors surgery.
Drawing of the five lights:
The lights appeared to get closer and then suddenly changed into a disc-shaped craft with a small dome on the top, a “classic” flying saucer shape. Then behind the disc appeared a massive red-orange glowing craft, It was absolutely huge in size, at least as big as several football pitches. Darren described it as being “like a giant floating city”. Both the craft then headed off to the back of the house to the North and were lost from sight.
Drawing of the disc-shaped UFO:
Drawing of the disc-shaped UFO and the orange large craft showing size comparison:
He then saw another huge craft, similar in shape to the previous one but glowing light blue. This followed the same path as the other craft had.
Drawing of the light blue large craft:
Darren then had a vague memory of being out in the back garden and floating up in the air towards the large orange-red coloured craft. This was all he could remember. He found it very hard to get back off to sleep so stayed awake until it became lighter. He checked his body for any markings but could not find any. The experience was quite frightening for him, and he says it felt more like memories of a real event rather than just a dream.
Even though Darren himself admits this could have just been a dream, perhaps brought on by recently speaking with me about his experiences, there are a number of interesting aspects to the incident. He experienced a sudden jump in time without feeling like he had dropped off to sleep at all. Could the incident have really taken place during this time? Perhaps the memories that did come back to him were genuine, and that other memories of what took place had been blocked out. The feelings of tiredness and tenderness tend to suggest that something actually took place, the only other time Darren has felt similar to this was after the garden incident (see earlier). Could this mean that on both occasions he has been taken without his clear knowledge? Many contactees have reported feeling similar things directly after experiences, so this is certainly worth considering.
Black UFOs Sighting
On the evening of 2nd June 2013, Darren had a sighting of two black coloured UFOs. This sighting only took place because at the time he was looking out of the window to see if he could see anything in the sky, as his sister was reporting seeing some objects over Castle Bromwich via the phone. As the two sightings are connected in this way, I have written a seperate report on them.
By 2018 Darren had moved into a house on The Grove, Hadley, Telford with his wife Laura and their two children. During the night of 12th May 2018 he woke up feeling really nauseous, shaky and breathless. He checked the clock and found it was 2.25am. Laura was fast asleep next to him. He got up and went through to the en suite bathroom.
After remaining there a short while and not vomiting he calmed down a bit and went back into the bedroom. He checked the clock again and found it was now 4.30am! He thought to himself "That's a lot of time that has gone by!" He got back into bed but began feeling strangely emotional and worried like something was not right. It took him a while to get back off to sleep but eventually he did.
In the morning he felt really drained of energy like he had not been asleep during the night at all. When he spoke with Laura about this she informed him that she felt the same. Then without warning Darren had a vivid flashback. He remembered them both being awake during the night and Rachel saying she didn't feel right. He kissed and comforted her then rolled over to his right to face the wall.
He was immediately faced with a very bright white light. For a moment he thought it was the bedside lamp that was on. He reached out with his right arm to try to switch it off but as he did immediately realised it was not this. Standing to the right of the bed were two Greys, one near his shoulders and the other lower down near his waist. He could not see them clearly due to the darkness but recognised their body shape. The one near his shoulders was holding something in one of its hands which was emitting the bright light . With its other hand it quickly reached out and grabbed his wrist. He saw its long grey coloured fingers and its touch felt familiar to him, like cold plasticine.
The other Grey grabbed hold of of the bed quilt and pulled it off the bed leaving both him and Laura exposed. He tried to move to look at Laura and call out to her but realised he was paralysed and could do neither. At the same time he heard her shout out "Oh god! Oh god!" This was where the flashback ended.
The reality of what had happened during the night hit home. He felt really emotional and burst into tears. Laura held him a while until he had calmed down, after which he got in touch with me to chat about what had happened.
Currently Laura does not have any recollection of seeing beings in the room. She just remembers being pinned to the bed and looking upwards at the ceiling finding it hard to breathe. However it is obvious that she has been directly involved with this experience. The experience has all the hallmarks of a visitation, and as the incident involved both him and his girlfriend I feel that sleep paralysis can be dismissed as an explanation. It is extremely unlikely that both he and Laura would undergo sleep paralysis on the same night.
The missing time aspect with this incident is very interesting. Darren recalls entering the bathroom at 2.25am and then leaving it at 4.30am. He is quite sure that he did not drop off to sleep in the bathroom, and absolutely certain he did not stay there for 2 hours. It is possible that he had left the bathroom, got back into bed and then undergone what he remembered in the flashback. If so this suggests that they may have been abducted after this point and then had the memories removed. This could accont for the lost time. It is of course nothing more than speculation at present, but worth considering.
On the evening of 1st August 2020 Darren was preparing to go up to bed and had just gone to the kitchen to wash his hands. As he stood by the sink something caught his eye in the sky through the window to the North East. It was a very clear and still evening with no cloud. At an angle of about 40 degrees he noticed what appeared to be a silver coloured spherical object moving slowly across the sky on a straight course. Initially he thought it was an aeroplane catching the sunlight but soon realised it was not.
Aerial map of The Grove (A) and estimated area the UFO was over:
It was hard to tell exactly how far away the object was as there was no point of reference, but he estimates it was at least a couple of miles away over fields on the outskirts of Telford. He watched it for about 8 seconds. Suddenly the object lit up bright white and then seemed to fold in on itself and vanish without trace! Darren says it is possible that it flew away extremely fast although he did not actually witness this, it just disappeared from sight.
Photograph from the sighting location (taken from bedroom window) with the sphere drawn on top:
He continued to watch through the window for a period of time to see if it would re-appear but it did not. He then went up to his bedroom and told his wife about what he’d seen, saying “I think I’ve just seen a UFO!” He then continued to watch from his bedroom window a while longer but there was no further sign of the object.
It seems improbable that this object was an aircraft. While distant aeroplanes can sometimes lose their definition, they generally still appear cylindrical in shape, or with wings still visible. Helicopters again have a distinct shape to them even when on the horizon. While it is possible it was some kind of silver coloured balloon or inflatable it is unusual how it vanished considering how clear the sky was. If it had just moved out of direct sunlight making it appear invisible due to its distance, you would not expect this to be permanent. Darren continued to look for the object for a while after it vanished but it did not re-appear.
This is a very interesting case, and the fact that we may have some actual physical evidence is exciting. Darren has had some unusual experiences, and it seems quite clear that he is a repeat contactee. The incident where he found himself in the garden certainly has signs that contact may have taken place. And the fact that straight afterwards the two black metallic objects were removed from his ankle is intriguing and could point to them being related. But Darren currently has no clear memories of being aboard a craft or seeing ET beings, so we must also consider that many of his experiences have been down to strange dreams and that the objects he has found sticking out of him have a natural explanation.
The experience in 2018 is quite compelling as it involves both him and his partner. It seems clear that they underwent a visitation on this occassion and potentially were both abducted too. Darren has informed me that he will keep in touch if anything else takes place. I have suggested that for peace of mind he purchases an infra red camera and sets it up in his room or his children's room at night., something he says he will consider going forward.
Copyright Dave Hodrien 2010