Chichester & New Zealand Contact Case (Part 1) – Beings, Abductions, UFOs, Implant, Paranormal

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

Birmingham UFO Group Case Report

Author: Ian Jones

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Last Updated: 15/10/2020

Note: For reasons of anonymity pseudonyms have been used for some witnesses.


Caspian is a 28-year-old male who has had a wide range of experiences, both paranormal and highly strange in nature, in this country and when he and his family emigrated to New Zealand in 2008. He has twice returned to England since then, and each time has had ongoing incidents. His family, particularly his mother (Anne) and younger sister (Grace), have also continued to experience incidents in New Zealand. He returned to England and lives in Chichester, a county town in West Sussex not far from the south coast. It’s about 20 miles from Portsmouth and 50 miles from Southampton.

He reports that: “I'm 28 years old, as of 9th November 2019; I was born in 1991. My little sister is 19 years old, and my little brother [Peter] is 17 years old.”

Regarding his health, Caspian says:

“Chronic fatigue and chest pain is the best way to sum up my health conditions, I've found – wherever it may be relevant, asthma would also be worth noting. The only medication I use are my blue [Ventolin] and purple [Seretide] inhalers (for asthma), antihistamine (for hay fever and animal and food allergies), lidocaine patches (my doctor and I are testing them on me to see if they help ease my chest condition a little) and an EpiPen [Jext] (for anaphylaxis reaction to nuts), which I keep for emergencies.”

“A chronic pain specialist I went to see for an assessment in February 2020 agrees that my CFS likely developed as a result of the strain that my chest condition put on my body back in late 2009-mid 2011; throughout that time my health was the worst it's ever been – I was bedridden almost 24/7 in constant pain, was barely able to move around for more than 30 seconds on most days, struggled to take care of myself without assistance, and had to spend much time in a darkened environment because of migraines. I don't recall experiencing CFS symptoms prior to September 2009 (just the sort of exhaustion or tiredness that's usual for many people).”

Over more than eighteen months we remained in contact via Skype and emails, which has amounted to several hours of discussion. Caspian has also provided me with copious documentation detailing his experiences, alongside drawings and photographs of the phenomena he has witnessed.

Lavant Experiences

In December 1994, when he was 3 years old, Caspian's family moved to Churchmead Close in Lavant, a small downland village in West Sussex, on the northern outskirts of Chichester, near to England's southeast coast.

Map of Lavant

Caspian spent most of the time that he was living there solely with his mother, as his birth-father had left the family home about eight or nine months prior to his first strange experience at that address; he reports that his mum has been experiencing paranormal phenomena herself since she was little (see Anne's Experiences).

At the time, Caspian and his mother were High Anglo-Catholic and Spiritualist in faith and attended both St. Mary's and St. Nicholas C. of E. Church and Sunday School, as well as regular choir practices.

The nearest of those two parishes to their house, St. Nicholas Church, is situated next to the A286 Chichester to Midhurst road. It was built mainly in the 12th and 13th centuries, but it is believed that an older church existed on the site in Saxon times. The church was restored considerably in the 19th century when the north aisle and south porch were added, and the nave lengthened. The chancel, built in the 13th century, was also altered significantly in the 19th and 20th centuries. There was further building work done in the 1980's, both internally and externally.

Caspian's house was a social housing, rented property behind St. Nicholas Church. There were several houses on their side of the Close, built next to land that is sanctified as the church's graveyard – its border was just behind the bottom of their back garden.

Photograph of the house indicating Caspian's bedroom

Caspian reports that their garden was also apparently part of the church's graveyard plot at one point, but their priest didn't know whether anyone had actually been buried specifically where their house was built. It would be difficult to determine this for certain, since there have been no burials on that site since the 1720's, and no grave markers remain on the land which now belongs to the Close.

As far as Caspian knows, there were no reports of unusual phenomena in the area prior to his experiences; I have likewise been unable to find references to anything paranormal relating to Lavant's churches, or anywhere nearby.

Shadow on the Stairs

Caspian's first paranormal experience happened when he was 4 years old, in either April or May of 1996, after he had been living in Lavant for about 18 months.

He recalls that it was a warm and sunny day, with blue sky visible outside their front door, which his mum had left slightly ajar. It was in the morning, before lunch, and Caspian reports that he was standing at the bottom of their stairs in the entrance hallway, opposite the doorway to the kitchen, when he saw a “disembodied shadow” cast against the wall there. This shadow appeared to move upwards, as though someone were walking silently up the stairs. It disappeared when it reached the landing, blending into the natural shadows there.

He describes the shadow as looking like it belonged to an adult male, about the same height as his mum (5ft 6 inches). He did not experience any other impressions from it – no sensory effects or emotional impact, other than confused curiosity at what he had seen!

Caspian went and told Anne, who was busy in the kitchen and therefore hadn't noticed anything. He thinks that because of her own, earlier paranormal experiences she categorised the thing as a ghost, which at that time she believed in.

Paranormal Activity

In the next few weeks following his initial experience, Caspian reports that – usually starting from about 16:30 to 17:30 and always before sunset, continuing into the evening and the early hours of the morning– the following phenomena began to occur in the house:

A. Paranormal “mist” – a “greyish-dark, obscuring, fuzzy effect” that would manifest in particular rooms, often filling them from floor to ceiling, but at times rising no higher than a few feet off the floor.

B. Pale, semi-transparent, jelly-like orbs, which would whizz across the living room and appear in the downstairs and upstairs hallways. They varied in size, from blueberry to golf ball, and larger. They appeared and disappeared into thin air, sometimes travelling in a straight line and at other times suddenly curving round; Anne recalls that they would “circle in loops” on occasion. Most of the time they were out of reach, but they occasionally came close enough to the observers that they would have been able to touch them. Caspian thinks that they disappeared before they met any solid surfaces, but Anne recalls that they seemed to “phase through” objects (e.g. chairs, walls) at times, passing through them as if they weren't even there.

C. Between one and three small, electric blue, green or red lights that zipped, weaved and bobbed in their back garden, living room, entrance hallway and upstairs landing hallway.

D. Flickering light bulbs.

E. Other electrical interferences that affected their TV, cassette tape player and Caspian's GameBoy.

F. Cold spots and strange smells (ozone and cigarette smoke), which manifested throughout much of the house. However, nothing paranormal seemed to occur in the downstairs kitchen, or in Anne's bedroom upstairs (with the exception of one possible instance; see The Coat Ghost Incidents later).

There were never any sounds associated with the mists/orbs. Sometimes those phenomena appeared in conjunction with the electrical interference effects, but not always.

Usually only Caspian and his mum were present to witness these phenomena, but neighbours and other family members visiting the house at the aforementioned times also noticed them. He thinks that it was his grandmother who commented that she felt the house had “something” in it, which made her feel uncomfortable.

One of their neighbours, when visiting, called out to Caspian and his mum from their living room while both of them were in the kitchen, to ask if they'd also seen the “bobbing blue lights” in their back garden. The sun was starting to set then.

Anne remembered other things they experienced at that address, including a ball of circling, coloured lights that Caspian once looked up and noticed outside his open bedroom door, floating along the upstairs landing away from it and towards her room.

On another occasion, when she was in the upstairs bathroom Anne saw the shadow of a medium-sized dog (she thinks it was about 18 inches tall) move across one of the walls and exit through the slightly open bathroom door onto the landing, where it disappeared.

Sometimes she heard what sounded like adult footsteps going up and down the stairs, even when she was standing right next to them, but there was never anyone visible there.

Anne also recalled the bizarre fact that they used to have clusters of butterflies that seemingly manifested out of nowhere while they were out of the house! They settled high on the walls upstairs, out of reach. Anne and Caspian used to look around to see if they were laying any eggs, but they could never find any. The butterflies would eventually flutter out of the house of their own accord when all of the windows and doors were opened for them. Caspian and his mum had no idea how the butterflies got into the house each time, as they'd make sure that all of its doors and windows were closed before they went out.

Author’s Note: This may be a natural event. Some butterflies (and moths) do sneak into houses, garages or sheds during late summer/early autumn, when it is still warm outside and our houses appear to provide suitably cool, sheltered conditions. They become dormant and cling to the upper walls. If the house becomes too warm for them, usually through the heating being on in the winter, they awaken and fly around. In the spring they naturally become active with the increase in outside temperature and try to fly away. I have had this experience in my garage and was puzzled by it too.

Additionally, Anne recalls that one Christmas Eve they were sitting in their living room when it felt to them as though the building shook, and pictures which had been mounted on the walls either fell off them or tilted sideways. Their next-door neighbour had also felt the shaking at the time, but neighbours further away hadn't. That neighbour had mentioned to Caspian's mum before that strange things happened in her house as well, such as knocking sounds and door handles moving seemingly of their own accord.

Caspian says that he wasn't scared by these phenomena, but rather just accepted them since “a fear of the otherworldly had never been instilled in me, just a respect and acknowledgement of its existence and presence.”

When he was older, Caspian and his mum talked about these events and concurred in their thoughts that the various phenomena were different manifestations of the same thing. Their supposition was that “spirits” would somehow arrive in their back garden each evening, because they thought that there might have been a spirit path leading from the graveyard behind their house, through the back garden, into the living room, through the hallway and up the stairs to Caspian's bedroom door.

Author’s Note: The electrical interference effects are not unusual in cases where people report strange phenomena happening, but without having a comprehensive history of the house, it’s surroundings and underground status, it is not possible to try and explain these events, or why the “spirits” would travel along such an odd path, which would seem to lead nowhere of any significance. There were/are no power lines near to the house which could have caused any of these strange events.

In August 2020, Caspian’s mum wrote about these phenomena:

“These things did seem to happen quite regularly. Caspian had told me that he had seen coloured lights in his bedroom and outside in the upstairs hallway. I think he associated them with the ‘coat ghost’, that he had seen on a number of occasions. I also saw these coloured lights one time as I came out of my bedroom and saw them dancing in a circular pattern about a metre above the ground outside of Caspian’s bedroom door.

I do remember the mists in the house and there would be times when a drop in temperature occurred at the same time and it felt cold enough to make me shiver. Another strange thing also happened twice on New Year’s Eve. Between 11 pm and midnight both times, I felt a wind blow through the house from the hallway downstairs to the living room. As it blew through the hallway, the pictures I had on the wall opposite the stairs would shake and sway.”

Pyramidal UFOs

When he was 5–6 years old, Caspian reports that he had no fear of the dark. He often used to look out of his bedroom window at night, observing the moon, stars and occasional aircraft flying over the area, as well as looking at the roofs of houses nearby in the Close.

Caspian’s mum wrote in August 2020:

“I do know that he liked to look out of the little window in his bedroom at night, as he loved to see the moon and the stars."

On one occasion Caspian saw an orange light drifting over the countryside to the left of the Close, from the direction of Goodwood. He reports that as it came closer, he became able to tell that its shape was not that of the normal aircraft he was used to seeing. He thought that it might be a hot air balloon, though it looked more like a pyramid, and no basket was visible hanging down underneath it.

Churchmead Close with the approaching orange light drawn on top

It had lines of a slightly darker colour across each side of its body section, as though it was tiered, with a softly fluorescent orange, glowing, dome-shaped ‘cap’ on top. It drifted smoothly and slowly over Lavant in a manner that Caspian thought similar to the way "an air hockey puck glides across a low-friction table, absent the speed".

It remained visible behind and above the roofs opposite their house until it disappeared behind a number of trees to his right, in the direction of Chichester.

Photograph of Churchmead Close with the orange pyramidal UFO drawn on top

Then, another similar object which was blue in colour drifted up from behind one of the roofs of the houses opposite his own and followed the same trajectory as the initial, orange-coloured shape, but at a different angle.

Photograph of Churchmead Close with the blue pyramidal UFO drawn on top

This allowed him to see that the base was triangular in shape – therefore, he says that the objects were tetrahedrons (triangular pyramids).

The tetrahedrons had a taller body than the width of their base, with a “cap” on top which was smooth and curved like a dome, and lighter in colour than the main body and base of the objects. Their colours were about as intense as dull neon signs: not uncomfortable to look at, and not too bright. There was no flickering effect; the illumination was at a constant level.

The objects moved slower than conventional aircraft. Caspian says that “whoever was flying them was going at a relaxed pace”! Their casual drift across the sky was part of what influenced his thought that they were some form of hot air balloon. If they had been in a car driving underneath them and trying to match their speed, he thinks that they would have been rolling forward at under 10mph.

Drawing of the two pyramidal UFOs

Just before the blue one disappeared behind the same cluster of trees, three small, white lights in a triangular formation flashed/blinked briefly in and out of view. One was above the blue shape, and the other two were at either side of its base. He could not tell if they were separate from the blue object, or part of it.

Below is a map showing the estimated paths of the orange and blue UFOs with a purple line indicating the house. The green line relates to another UFO discussed in the Craft Abductions section. Caspian cautions that “the curve of the orange line may go out a bit too far, and I've also assumed that the abduction craft flew in a straight line toward the Close each night”.

Aerial map indicating various UFO paths

He saw nothing else of interest after the blue object went out of sight, but stayed up to see if either of the pyramids would return until he became too tired to remain standing at his window, and went to bed. Clearly, he was not disturbed by what he saw.

Author’s Note: The description of the orange and blue objects as being triangular pyramids/tetrahedrons is unusual. I have come across only one other case where this description is used, which is referred to in a book – Intersect, by Marian Rudnyk. He took a photo of what he describes as a “new” never-before-seen (to the best of my knowledge) UFO: an incredible looking pyramidal tetrahedron”, which was appearing and hovering regularly over his house in southern California, on 28th February 2019. That’s about 22 years after Caspian saw his objects. 

Strange “Dream”

Caspian estimates that it was two and a half weeks after that UFO sighting, probably in early summer, that he had a strange “dream”.

He had been in bed asleep, but got up in the early hours of the morning and decided that he wanted to go for a walk. He was wearing pyjamas and was barefoot. He crept downstairs and found that the front door was unlocked, so he went outside and walked down to the path at the back of Churchmead Close, on Warble Heath Close. This leads to a bridge tunnel under the A286.

He had always felt afraid of this tunnel without knowing why, so he had never walked under it alone before (nor would he do so, even after this); that night however, he walked under it with no qualms, continuing down Centurion Lane.

The old railway bridge tunnel at the entrance to Centurion Way

Caspian explains: “The path leading up to it is Warble Heath Close, directly behind Churchmead Close. The walk down Centurion Way is very peaceful and pretty, but the bridge itself has always made me feel uneasy; something about it just never 'felt right' to me, as though there was something invisible there.”

Centurion Way is part of the South Downs National Park. It is a 5.5-mile (9km) gravel and tarmac path, with flat, wide paths and minor slopes, that runs between Chichester, Lavant and West Dean. It follows the dismantled Chichester to Midhurst Railway, which closed in 1991; the last of the tracks were removed in 1993. The name “Centurion Way” was suggested by a local schoolboy because the path crosses the course of an ancient Roman road.

Caspian says that he felt like he was wide awake as he continued down Centurion Lane, into an open area adjacent to Hunters Race. There are metal sculptures of diggers visible beside the path there, which he stood and looked at in the moonlight before turning to walk back home.

Photograph of the metal sculptures next to Centurion Way

However, at this point he reports that it was like he suddenly “woke up” (like snapping out of a trance) and realised where he was and what he had done in leaving the house and walking so far away without asking his mother first! He became terrified and called out for her as he stumbled back up Centurion Way, now very distressed. He felt like he was being watched, but looking behind him he couldn't see anyone.

Realising that she was probably still in bed, Caspian stopped shouting for his mum, but felt even more strongly that he was being watched. This time, when he turned round, he saw two very tall, slim beings standing down the path behind him, like elongated humans in shape but made of dusky, pale, white light. For some reason he felt comforted and calm upon seeing them, and these beings followed him as he walked the rest of the way home. As he approached the bridge tunnel, they went ahead of him and stood at either side of it. One of them nodded gently at him, raising a hand in a farewell action, then both entities seemed to fade out of sight.

Drawing of one of the dream entities

He noticed that it was sunrise and continued to his house, now not feeling afraid at all. He entered through their front door (which he had left partly open), went upstairs to his room, climbed into bed and went back to sleep.

When he got out of bed later that morning, he noticed that the soles of his feet were a bit dirty, but there were no footprints on the stairs carpet leading from the front door. On telling his mother all this, she checked the front door and found it locked, and agreed that it was probably a dream.

The total distance he would have walked is probably over three-quarters of a mile; he thinks it would have taken at least 32 minutes to walk there and back (16 minutes each way). Caspian reports that he was not prone to sleepwalking.

In August 2020, Caspian’s mum wrote:

“He did tell me about the time when he left the house at night and went for a walk down Centurion Way. I was horrified by this as it was such a dangerous thing to do in the middle of the night. I had to put it down to sleepwalking (his father had done this on occasion) and from then on I was extra vigilant to listen out for him at night and to check in on him so that it wouldn’t happen again.”

Anne reports remembering Caspian waking her up one night when he was 6 years old, insisting that he'd just heard a train rumbling past outside; of course, this was not possible, because the local railway line had been decommissioned in the same year that he was born.

The Coat Ghost Incidents

Caspian isn't sure whether the encounters he had with what he dubbed the “coat ghost” were nightmares or waking experiences, but to this day he has retained some apprehension about clothing that is hung up on hooks on the back of doors.

His first experience involving that entity began when he woke up one night and noticed that the bottom and sleeves of his dressing gown were moving slightly, as though caught in a draft of air. His dressing gown then unhooked itself from his bedroom door and levitated towards him across the room, its arms swinging back and forth as if it were being worn by something invisible! On reaching the side of his bed it leaned over him, which frightened him.

His response was to roll over, hide under the duvet, squeeze his eyes shut, try to mask his breathing and will himself back to sleep – but Caspian admits that when he thinks about this now, it doesn't seem to make much sense that he could get back to sleep under those circumstances. The same thing happened three times over the course of a couple of weeks. He can't remember anything else happening on those nights.

After those repeated instances, one night he woke up to see it already standing by the side of his bed. Upon seeing that Caspian was awake, the entity moved away towards his bedroom door. This then opened of its own accord, and the entity went out onto the landing hallway, gliding towards his mother's bedroom. Caspian felt that he had to follow it, so he did so. Looking back on his willingness to do so now, he reflects, “Though I ascribe that to a combination of bravery and feeling worried about mum (since it was headed in the direction of her room), the fact that I got up and followed it still doesn't make much sense – what child follows the monster under their bed when they see it crawl out and leave their room?!”

He went through his mum's open bedroom door and saw his dressing gown sitting on the end of her bed; Anne was fast asleep. It gestured to him with one of its arms to sit beside it, which he did. He then heard the entity talk to him out loud, saying that he should look after his mother because she loved him very much! The voice sounded male and was husky, but not old, and not one he recognised. It spoke quietly, but not in a whisper. Caspian says that the way it spoke sounded like the way a parent would say, “Watch over my little one, keep them safe.”

His dressing gown then collapsed slowly, and Caspian took it back to his bedroom, dropping it on the floor beside his bed before climbing back under his duvet and falling asleep – again, it's interesting that it was so easy for him to do that.

He says now that he thought if he left the dressing gown lying on the floor, it would lose its ability to be possessed again, because his child's reasoning reckoned it had to be hung up on his bedroom door for the "ghost" to be able to wear it.

Caspian told his mum about what had happened the morning after. He reports that Anne said she thought it was just a strange nightmare – he thinks she was trying to prevent him from being afraid if she gave any indication that she thought the entity was real, and that what he'd remembered from the night before had actually happened.

She was mystified however about what it had meant when it told him to look after her; Caspian says that his mum has always had bad health in some way, but he doesn't know what specific problem/s she might have been having at the time.

Anne got rid of Caspian's first dressing gown after that night because he was still scared of it (in fact, he wouldn't let her hang anything on the back of his bedroom door for years afterwards). She bought him a new dressing gown a couple of weeks later because she wanted to ensure that he was warmer at night than he would have been if he'd only worn pyjamas out of fear, but Caspian only wore his new dressing gown when he was around her.

Since then Caspian has not encountered that entity again, nor has it featured in any other nightmares which he's had over the years.

Author’s Note: Caspian does seem to have been affected for a long time because of these “nightmares”, which is unusual. Even nightmares are usually forgotten within a few days, or weeks at most. They do not continue to cause such apprehension as Caspian reports over 20 years later.

Initial Doppelgänger Appearance

Before moving on to a job with the Wiley publishing company, where she would meet Caspian's soon-to-be stepdad Damian, Anne had worked at the Body Shop headquarters in Chichester.

One day, she called in sick – however, later in that same day she received a call from work because she had been seen there! Apparently a doppelgänger had turned up – in a skirt-dress that from their description Anne didn't actually own – ignored all of her work colleagues, took some of that morning's mail or documents and disappeared while ascending the stairwell.

People on the ground floor saw it go up the stairs, but nobody upstairs saw it arrive there. The staff at the Body Shop HQ were unsettled and deeply alarmed when Anne insisted that she hadn't come in earlier. She was also shocked and alarmed at the thought of someone impersonating her!

This incident happened at around the same time as Caspian saw the disembodied shadow on the stairs at home.

In August 2020, Caspian’s mum wrote:

“I tried to tell them that they must have been mistaken; that I had been at home that day and was only wearing jeans, not a suit. However, they said that at least 15 people had seen me that morning and that I must have changed my mind and come into work instead. After all, how could 15 people be wrong?”

MIB Encounter

Between 1995 and 1998 Caspian attended the now-closed St. Margaret's Catholic Primary School in Midhurst, which was attached to a convent of the Sisters of Mercy.

One afternoon, a man was seen getting out of a black van and pacing back and forth on the pavement outside of the front gate to the school for about an hour. The nuns went out to talk to him, and he initially went back to his van until Caspian's class came out and crossed the road, to take a class in one of the buildings on the other side.

As they were doing so, this same man and another who was similarly dressed got out of the front of the van and stared at Caspian intently. Then the first man made a beeline for Caspian when he was half-way across the road! Sister Joseph-Claire stood in his way and warned him that the school would call the police if he didn't leave immediately. At that, the two men silently got back into their van and drove away. Caspian was ushered away and told not to look at them. He recalls that the man who tried to reach him had a very penetrating, intense gaze, and an almost angry expression on his face.

Caspian reports that both males were white skinned, with no facial hair, but were not identical individuals. They were each dressed in a dark grey, mid-length coat and outfit, with a black fedora on their heads. He told his mum about what had happened, and his aunt also said that she had heard about the first man being there outside the school gate earlier in that day. Anne recalls that the school was even more security conscious afterwards, requiring parents to visibly pick up their children rather than allowing them to leave the premises alone and walk to a nearby parking spot.

In August 2020, Caspian’s mum wrote:

“That was a shocking incident and I was very shaken by it. I don’t remember the school saying much about it to me, I heard more information from Caspian and his aunt than from the staff. I couldn’t understand why these men would be targeting my son in particular. Knowing that they tried to kidnap my son was awful – the realisation that if they had succeeded I might never have seen him again. Obviously my big concern then was that if they had tried once, they might do so again. However, as far as I am aware they never returned to the school and certainly never came to our home.”

Craft Abductions

Caspian thinks that it was sometime during 1998, when he was 6 or 7 years old, that he started having night-time abductions. They lasted for about a year or two, until 1999-2000.

At first, over the course of about a year, a few times a month, he saw silvery beams appear at his bedroom window at night-time. They would rapidly fade away just as he was waking up, or before he could reach his window, as though they were being "switched off". He would look outside to see if the moon was their source, but it would either be in the wrong position in the sky to have cast the beams, or it would not be visible at all.

Then, one night he saw a UFO drifting to a stop above the close, having come from the direction of Chichester. It looked like a softly glowing orange square/diamond, with a green light on its underside at each corner (This was definitely not the same shape as the blue and orange tetrahedron-shaped UFOs he'd seen previously). On some nights it had a white luminous appearance, though its four green lights were always visible; on clear nights they appeared to “wobble”, like gas rings on a cooker top, while on overcast nights he could simply see the image of the craft glowing through the cloud cover.

Drawing of the diamond-shaped craft

It shone down the same silvery beam that he had been seeing from underneath it, either from the front or the middle of the craft, all the way to his bedroom floor (he doesn't recall if he ever saw it shine down onto the ground). The beam seemed to be a cluster of straight-edged rays, reminiscent of –but more solid or thicker than– dusky moonlight.

When the beam was at his window, it illuminated his room like moonlight would. Looking at, or directly into the beam wasn't blinding, but his eyes did become dry if he stared into it for too long. When he closed his eyes there were no after-images as you would have from looking at a bright light, or from staring at the sun; he could just see the silvery colour faintly through his eyelids.

He saw the same UFO every few nights, or at least once a fortnight. He reports that if he fell asleep before it arrived, sometimes he woke up –or was woken up, potentially– just in time to watch it coming to a stop in the sky where he could see it, where it would hover until he was ready to go back to sleep. He felt that its pilots knew when he was awake or asleep, or at his window, and that they were watching over him.

He reports that he looked forward to its appearance, and that he felt happy each time he saw it; he always felt a sense of peace and safety wash over him whenever it shone down its beam onto his body.

Photograph of Churchmead Close with the position of the diamond-shaped craft drawn on top

Caspian reports that assuming it flew in a relative straight line each time it may have come from the direction of the South Downs National Park on some nights, while on other nights it may have flown over from the Goodwood Aerodrome and Tangmere, possibly from the direction of Littlehampton or Rustington. Alternatively, it could have flown over from Selsey or Pagham up through Chichester (refer to the map above, showing the possible paths he mentions).

Initially, Caspian thought that the UFO was some sort of plane. He cannot remember when he was first taken on board the craft, or how he was moved there from his bedroom, but one of the occupants –a blonde woman– told him that it was in fact a spaceship. He felt awed and excited about that.

He remembers that the interior of the craft was clean, plain, smooth and very light grey, without any sharp edges: all of the architecture was curved. He describes it as being reminiscent of the casing on some Apple products. There were long, thin amber light fittings in the walls of the corridors and the two circular rooms that he was allowed to visit, though they didn't seem to illuminate the craft: he thinks that the wall, floor and ceiling surfaces did so. These were all the same material, like a single-piece construction rather than a modular one – there were no seams anywhere.

The air was fresh, and Caspian's bad asthma was not triggered at all, even though at that time he was effectively living off a nebuliser. He does not remember if he smelt anything. Voices did not echo, and it was quiet on the craft. He added that it never felt like they passed through any turbulence – there was no vibration through the floor and walls, or any sense of acceleration or deceleration.

Later he discovered that there were between one and four other children on the craft with him each time. The children were not given a tour of the ship beyond the corridors and rooms that they were always guided along and into. No-one explained to them how the craft worked. He doesn't know whether they left Earth's atmosphere at any time while they were on board; if they did, they weren't aware of it. Caspian thinks that they were probably on board for a few hours each time.

There were always two women in the craft with them, both of which he estimates to have been about 5ft to 6ft in height. Both women wore a white suit of some sort, but he does not recall whether they had any footwear on. He describes these women as follows:

“One had light blonde hair, and a gentle, fair, ethereal appearance. Her skin colour most resembled that of a Caucasian. She had a soft smile and voice, loving eyes full of care and life, and was incredibly empathetic and kind.

She could also be firm and strict however, in a motherly way. She spoke using her mouth, not just using telepathy. When she wrote, she used a strange set of symbols rather than English letters.”

These symbols were similar to ones which Caspian says he saw a few times later in his life, in other experiences.

Drawing of the symbols

Author’s Note: I have searched for other examples of alien symbols, but these do not match any of them. Indeed, there does not seem to be any similarity between symbols from different cases, so that is not helpful.

The other woman had eyes like a barn owl, dark hair that terminated just under her cheeks and above her chin, a large forehead, and amphibian-like skin that was somewhat like jellyfish flesh in colouration, without being see-through. Caspian didn't feel afraid of her at all; he was simply fascinated by her appearance. He doesn't remember her showing any expressions of emotion to them, but she didn't feel cold or act unkindly, either. He thought that both women were wonderful, since they took such gentle care of them and seemed to appreciate them so much.

The woman with the owl eyes seemed to be there to assist the blonde woman, and they appeared to communicate with each other using telepathy that was only between themselves, so Caspian and the other children could not hear them.

Caspian did not recognise any of the other children which were always on board the craft with him. As far as he is aware, he has not met any of them at any other time in his life. Two of them, a boy and a girl, each had pale skin and ginger hair, and looked like they were twins or siblings; they never spoke or interacted with Caspian. One of the other boys had dark hair and did interact with him. The fourth child sometimes interacted with Caspian and the dark-haired boy in group playtime, during which they could use toy-like objects that the two women gave to them.

However, Caspian reports that most often they were separated and led by the blonde woman into a circular room at the end of one of the corridors to interact with one of the objects by themselves, with only her present.

The objects that they were given were like toys of geometric shapes and vehicles –somewhat like trucks and trains– all made of a semi-transparent, seamless material, similar in colour and appearance to the craft itself. They could be configured in many ways, and the test the blonde woman asked Caspian to perform with them was to try and intuitively feel the different ways to open, lift, or manipulate parts of the objects. He wasn't allowed to use trial and error play using his hands, as most children would do, but instead had to use his mind to receive impressions and images of what could be done with them.