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Stockton-on-Tees Contact Case - Greys, Visitations, UFO Sightings, Missing Time, Paranormal Activity

Birmingham UFO Group Contact Case Report

Author: Dave Hodrien

Release Date: 28/09/2018

In April 2018 I was contacted by a lady named Pat from Stockton-On-Tees, Middlesbrough, via Facebook messenger. She informed me that she had experienced a number of both interesting and terrifying incidents earlier in her life which she wanted to discuss with me. She mentioned that these experiences could not be easily explained, and got her interested in the paranormal. I soon got back to her and over a series of phone conversations we discussed what had happened to her over the years. As you will see, Pat has had a wide variety of experiences, some of which appear to have clear links with contact.

Rectangular UFO Sighting

Pat’s first UFO encounter occurred in 1969 when she was 16. She lived with her family on Loweswater Crescent, Stockton-on-Tees, Teeside. The area is quite rural and near to some open farmer’s fields.

One night she was woken up by a tremendous thundering noise like a constant roaring jet engine. She was not aware of the time as she did not check the clock, but felt that it must have been between 2-4am. Pat got out of bed and walked over to the window to see if she could locate the source of the sound. It was a clear and still night, with stars visible in the sky.

Over the houses on the opposite side of the road about 60 feet up she saw a massive rectangular-shaped object in the sky, flying low over the roofs of the houses. There were red green and blue coloured lights around the edge which were winking on and off at random rather than constantly flashing. Due to the darkness it was hard to tell exactly what colour the object was but it appeared to be dark. It was absolutely huge and Pat assumed the sound was coming from it.

Witness drawing of the rectangular UFO with notes:

Pat did not call her mother as she was too fascinated by the object. She did not own a camera at the time. She got up onto the window ledge to continue observing it. It slowly moved on a straight course to the North West over the nearby technical college. As it moved its shape seemed to change to triangular, probably due to the angle she was viewing it at rather than it physically altering shape. It was now that Pat fully realised how large the object was. If it was indeed over the college then she estimated it was about 200 feet across.

Aerial map showing Loweswater Crescent and the estimated path of the UFO:

After observing the UFO for about a minute it flew out of sight over the fields beyond the college. Pat did not go to tell her mother about it as it was the middle of the night. However in the morning she mentioned it to her. Her mother had not woken up or heard a thing. Later on at college she told her boyfriend and her friends about what she’d seen.

The sound which Pat heard is one of the fascinating aspects of this particular incident. UFOs are usually silent or emit a low humming noise. Yet this noise was extremely loud, if it was indeed coming from the object (Which seems probable). If so, then why did nobody else seem to be woken up by it? It was confirmed that Pat’s mother did not hear anything, and if other people in the vicinity had heard it surely Pat would have seen them coming out onto the road or heard about it on the news or in the paper? Could it have been something that Pat alone was picking up on?


It is not just Pat who has experienced things out of the ordinary. Her brother Steven has had a number of fascinating experiences too. One day in 1968 when he was 17 he was out at a café in Billingham town centre with his girlfriend Alison. He ordered a cup of tea and when it turned up he realised it had no sugar in it. The sugar bowl was on another nearby table. According to both Steven and Alison, the sugar bowl lifted up into the air of its own accord and floated across onto their table! Steven was not actively willing it to do this, it just did. He was amazed at what had occurred and told Pat all about what had happened.

On another occasion, according to Steven he was lying on his bed at their house on Loweswater Crescent, Stocktonand, Teeside. He decided he wanted to read a particular book. The book was inside a box underneath the bed. Again without any intention, the box apparently slid out from under the bed by itself!

Although Pat did not directly witness these incidents she has no reason to doubt they took place. The incident at the café was confirmed by Alison. And her brother seemed fascinated by the incidents rather than like someone trying to make up stories.

Psychic abilities are commonly reported by contactees. And contact often runs in families. Could Steven have been displaying abilities brought about as a direct or indirect side effect of ET contact?


Both Pat and Steven went to drama college at Guildford between 1970-1972. They lived in a share house on York Road with another student named Jeff. Sometimes their landlady, who was Czechoslovakian would also stay there, other times she would be away visiting family. During the years spent at the house a number of paranormal experiences took place.

Aerial map of York Road:

On a number of occasions they would hear sounds coming from the bathroom like someone was in there having a bath, even though everyone was accounted for. They could hear running water, splashing and sounds of movement. When they checked the bathroom door they would find it locked from the inside. Later on it would unlock itself. Pat never remained outside the bathroom door to wait for it to do this as it was quite un-nerving. On one occasion this was heard by the landlady during the night, who then came and asked who was having a bath at two in the morning. Everyone confirmed they had been asleep in their rooms at the time. On one the times that it occurred Pat’s mother was staying over at the house and also heard the noises. Before leaving she said to Pat “I don’t like you staying here, it doesn’t feel right.”

On another occasion, Pat was alone in the house with her pet dog. The landlady was away on holiday, and Steven and Jeff were on a theatre trip. She awoke during the middle of the night to hear the sounds of lots of voices coming from downstairs. It sounded like a party going on. She was convinced the noises were coming from within the house not echoes from nearby. The dog woke up and started to growl at the sounds. Pat got out of bed and went to the closed bedroom door to listen more closely, as it was hard to make out what the voices were saying. She then heard the sound of footsteps come along the landing outside the room. She quickly opened the door expecting to find a burglar. Everything immediately fell silent. Terrified she closed the door and jumped back into bed, and eventually managed to drop off to sleep.

One night Pat had a very unusual dream. She was in her room when she suddenly heard a loud hammering sound on the door of her brother and Jeff’s room. She walked out of her bedroom to take a look and saw a giant battering his fists against the door. This was where the dream ended. In the morning when she went downstairs she told the boys about the dream. Jeff almost fell off his chair in surprise. He exclaimed “I can’t believe it! I was woken in middle of the night by a banging on the door. I didn’t dare get up and open it!” Had it been more than just a dream? Could Pat have heard something banging on the door during the night which led to her mind concocting it?

There were also a number of occasions where objects would mysteriously vanish and re-appear. The landlady owned a large silver-coloured lighter which she would keep on the kitchen table to light the gas cooker. One day she asked Pat, Steven and Jeff “Who’s taken the table lighter?” It had inexplicably vanished from the table. Everyone denied taking it. On a Sunday morning a couple of months later Pat was sitting at the kitchen table eating cereal. Suddenly out of the corner of her eye she saw an object suddenly emerge from the corner of the ceiling, fly down through the air and roll across the floor to her feet. It was the lighter! It had seemingly materialised from the ceiling of the kitchen.

Before one of her holidays away, the landlady informed everyone that she’d lost her glasses and asked whether anyone had seen them. Nobody had so she had to leave without them. She was gone for several weeks. On the day before her return to the house Pat had just returned to the house after going out when she saw the glasses placed on a rose bush right next to the front door! She was convinced that they had not been there previously as she had obviously been to and from the house many times over those few weeks.

Brother’s Missing Time

Around the same time period that Pat heard the sounds of voices coming from downstairs at the share house, her brother had been out one evening at the theatre (Pat cannot recall the name). It was 10pm and there were no taxis around so he decided to walk home.

The theatre was only twenty minutes walk from their house, but when he arrived home he found that the time was now 12.30am. There was over two hours missing time which he could not account for. He was certain that it had been 10pm when he set off for home.

Colour Changing Orb

In 1975 Pat moved into a house on South Way, Harrow. In a summer month between 1978-1980, Pat had another UFO sighting alongside a friend. At the time Pat kept some horses in some nearby stables situated between Harrow and Stanmore. It was around 10pm and she was walking home from the stables with her friend Jackie. They would make this journey regularly to check up on the horses.

Aerial map of South Way:

Usually they would drive to the stables but on this occasion they were walking. It was a clear and still evening. As they were walking along the road side Pat noticed a glowing object in the sky almost directly overhead. It looked like a glowing orb of light which was changing between a yellow and red colour. It appeared to be at quite high altitude, and if so this meant it was quite large in size.

The object was moving on a straight course at a slow speed. The girls stared up at it for about a minute trying to decipher what it could be. Neither of them had a camera on them. As the sighting occurred so long ago Pat has no recollection of how it came to an end. She assumes they must have just stopped looking at it and continued on their way home.

If this sighting were to have occurred in more recent years I may have suggested that it was possibly a Chinese lantern, although these tend to be a more amber orange rather than a distinct red or yellow. As these are lit from within they can give off yellow-red colours and also drift on a slow straight course usually. And Pat could have potentially been mistaken about the altitude, sometimes smaller objects can appear to be larger and further away, especially after dark. However lanterns were not readily available back in the 1970s, so this makes the sighting more intriguing.

Further Paranormal Activity

The share house in Gilford is not the only property where Pat has experienced ghostly goings on. By 1981 she had married her boyfriend Henry and they had moved into a house in Lincolnshire with their two young children and Pat’s mother. As Henry was in a band they were never tied down to a particular place.

The room where Pat slept was pitch black at night as there were no nearby street lights outside. One night she awoke to hear the sound of a woman’s voice. It was mumbling and unclear but was definitely female and sounded like it was coming from mid-air in the room. Pat quickly nudged her husband who woke up and also heard the voice. Within seconds it faded out and stopped. They switched on the light and got out of bed, then both searched the entire house, but there was nobody there and the kids and her mother were fast asleep in their own rooms.

Also on several occasions Pat heard the distinct sound of children crying on the landing outside the bedroom door. She would wake up during the night to hear the sounds, but when she got up to check, the noises would immediately stop, and when she went to check on her children they would be asleep.

On another weekend one of Pat’s friends came to stop over. There were no spare rooms so she slept downstairs. In the morning Pat went down to find her friend had left. When she rang her to see what happened, her friend said that she was terrified the whole time.

Pumpkin Head

By 1983 Pat had married her boyfriend and they had moved into a house on The Causeway, Basiborne along with her mother and two children. It was a rural address which backed onto open fields. Her husband was in a band and would often be away on tour.

Aerial map of The Causeway:

One night in the summer of either 1986 or 1987 while her husband was away Pat awoke in the middle of the night with a buzzing sensation passing right through her head. She wondered what the sensation was and so opened her eyes. When she did she found the room was bathed in white glowing light. At the base of the bed to the right of her feet was a being dressed in a hooded robe. It was slightly wavering back and forth, giving the impression it was hovering off the floor. It had a pale coloured skin and oval-shaped black eyes which reminded her of a Halloween pumpkin. It had a rounded head and a long thin neck. Pat does not recall seeing a nose or mouth as she was transfixed on its large eyes. She was also absolutely terrified of it and closed her eyes. The being was a Grey, but Pat was unaware of the contact subject at this time so did not recognise it as such.

Drawing of the Grey at the base of the bed:

A few seconds passed and she opened her eyes to find it was gone. But then out of the corner of her left eye she saw it had moved and was now standing right alongside her. As she turned her head to look more clearly the being leaned on down and stared right into her face! Shocked and frightened Pat retreated down to the base of the bed and pulled the covers over herself for protection.

Drawing of the Grey leaning close:

She does not recall what happened next, she just remembers waking up in the morning. She soon told her mother about what she had seen. Her mum put it down to a dream, but Pat was convinced she had been awake and it was there in the room with her. She continued to think about the experience, and nicknamed the being “Pumpkin Head”.

A number of months later she went on tour with her husband to Amsterdam. While exploring they visited a book shop. Pat began browsing through the books, which were mostly written in Dutch. All of a sudden she came across a book with a familiar face on the front. “Look! That’s my Pumpkin Head!” she exclaimed excitedly to her husband. The realisation that someone else had seen a similar being made her go cold. The book was none other than Communion by Whitley Strieber. The cover of his book is famous for causing strong emotional responses in contactees, and shows one of the Greys he has interacted with on a number of occasions.

Front cover of Communion:

When Pat returned to the UK she purchased a copy of the book in English. She was both terrified and fascinated to read it, and wondered what else may have happened to her. From this point onwards Pat has had a big interest in the UFO and contact subject and seeks answers to her own experiences.

Zig-Zagging Orb

In 1987 Pat and her family moved to a house on Thrapston Road in Huntingdon. After living there about a year, one of Pat’s friends decided to start up a paranormal group. They used to hold meetings at the home of one of her friends named Ann in a village close to Huntingdon about 20 minutes drive from her home.

Aerial map of Thrapston Road:

In the summer time at one of their group meetings they invited a particular UFO researcher who was also named Pat along to give a talk. The meeting finished around midnight and everyone headed outside to chat. It was a clear and still night with a good view of the stars overhead.

All of a sudden the UFO researcher pointed out a white coloured orb of light crossing the sky. Everyone looked up at it. Initially it appeared to be a satellite but then it began to zig-zag back and forth across the sky, performing sharp turns, and sometimes even back tracking on itself. It was at very high altitude or out in orbit, but was clearly not a satellite.

Drawing showing the path of the orb:

The object was moving quite slowly and remained in view for a good period of time. After watching it for about 20 minutes everyone decided to set off for home with it still present in the sky. Sadly nobody there had a video camera with them to record the movement of the object, and even if they had it is dubious as to whether it would have come out.

What the object was remains a mystery. It could potentially have been a high

altitude helicopter but the movement path seems odd for this to have been the case, and usually other flashing lights would be visible. It could not have been a normal aircraft as the turns were too sharp. Drones were not available back then so this can be ignored as an explanation.

The Wand

On a night around 1989 Pat had an absolutely terrifying experience. Once again her husband was away on tour at the time so she was in the room alone. She recalls waking up in the night to find the bedroom door was open, despite having closed it when she went to bed. She saw some light coming from outside of the room, and saw the movement of a figure enter the room.

At first she thought it was her husband back from tour early but soon realised it wasn’t. The figure stepped towards the bed. It was in shadow so she could not see it too clearly but was aware it was holding a silver-coloured stick/wand shaped object in one of its hands. It reminded Pat of a car radio aerial. As it moved closer Pat realised there were also other shorter figures standing in the room, but her attention was drawn towards the one with the wand.

Diagram showing an overview of the bedroom with the positions of the figures:

It leaned in over her and attempted to touch her on the forehead with the object. For some reason Pat felt that if it succeeded in doing so she was going to die. She was absolutely horrified and fought to prevent this from happening. She found that she could not move her arms or legs but started thrashing around her head to prevent the being from touching it.

Suddenly she was no longer up on the pillow but was down near the base of the bed thrashing around at the air. The figures were all gone. It was about 2.30am. She leapt up out of bed completely terrified about what had just occurred and was extremely upset. She ran through into her mother’s room and woke her up. When she told her mother about it she just said it must have been a nightmare, but Pat was adamant that it had been real.

She did not want to go back to bed as she was so shaken up, so she and her mother headed downstairs for a cup of tea. They sat and chatted for about two hours until Pat had finally calmed down enough to go back up to bed. But as soon as she trod on the base of the stairs a feeling of dread overcame her. She tried to dismiss it and said goodnight to her mother, then went back to her own room.

As soon as she switched off the light and lay back down it immediately started again! The same being with the wand was in front of her. Before she could shout out she heard a voice inside her mind say to her “Relax, you’re not going to die.” The being then touched her on the head with the wand. She felt her body go completely paralysed and then blacked out.

Again she came round, and found herself underneath the covers at the base of the bed. A period of time had passed (Pat can’t recall how long). Again she jumped out of bed and woke her mother up, telling her it had happened again. The fear was so great that she did not go back to bed after that point and stayed awake till morning. It was such a terrifying incident that she was not able to sleep right for days following it. In the end she settled down and put it behind her, but even today it still weighs heavy on her mind.

On 7th May 2018 Pat during the case investigation Pat decided to speak with her brother about this experience to see if he recollected anything about it. Although Pat has no memory of this, he said to her that she had bruises on her right arm which she could not account for following the incident.

This certainly sounds like a visitation, possibly one which preceded an abduction. Some of the aspects also fit with sleep paralysis, however some of what Pat has shared do not fit with this explanation. The being returned again as soon as Pat had laid back down after being wide awake for a number of hours. Yes she could well have been sleepy after being up half of the night, but surely it would not have occurred so rapidly if it was a sleep-related hallucination? The object that the being was holding has been reported before in numerous other cases so has a definite link with ET contact, and the being also spoke telepathically with her putting her mind at ease. Again this is very common, the Greys often try to comfort individuals by talking with them in this manner.

Inside Out

Around the same time period as the incident involving the being holding the wand, Pat awoke one morning to find that her nightie was on inside out. It was quite different on the inside and she was convinced that she had not accidentally put it on that way when she went to bed. Pat has informed me that she is not prone to sleep walking or getting up during the night, so why it was found that way is a mystery.

This incident may not have anything to do with contact but has been included because there are a number of cases on record where abductees have awoken after an experience to find that their clothes have been put back on wrongly. It appears that sometimes after conducting examination procedures the ETs are either unaware of how to put their clothing back on in the correct fashion, or are but do not appear to care. Could Pat have been taken during this night and then had the memories of the experience removed?

Air Traffic Control

In late Autumn of 1996 Pat had two separate sightings of what appeared to be the same UFO. She and Henry had now moved to their current house in Stockton-On-Tees. Henry had been away on tour around Europe and asked Pat to go and pick him up from Darlington train station. She set off around 7.30pm. It was a clear, still but cold evening and due to the time of year the sun had fully set.

By around 7.45pm she was driving along the A66 motorway. It is quite a busy road and there were lots of other vehicles around. She was heading along a stretch of road with Durham Tees Valley International Airport to the South. It was quite rural and in between the road and airport were a number of open farmer’s fields.

Aerial map showing the route along the A66 between Stockton-On-Tees and Darlington and the airport ringed:

Suddenly off to the left one field away from edge of the road she noticed what she thought was the top of an Air Traffic Control tower. It was circular and appeared to have a number of rectangular shaped windows with bright light coming from within. She thought to herself “I’ve never noticed that before, it must be new. They must be planning to extend the airport.” Due to the darkness the light coming from it was quite pronounced. Pat stared at it as she drove past until it was out of sight.

Photograph showing the fields over which the object was seen:

She continued the remainder of the journey without giving it much more thought. However on the return home she decided to look for it again off to the right. She was not able to see it at all. She was a little puzzled by this as it had been so bright, but assumed that she must have got the location wrong.

A fortnight later, Pat was once again required to pick her husband up from Darlington station after another week away with the band. Again it was a clear and very dark evening. On the way to the station she looked for the ATC tower but could not see it anywhere. She thought to herself how strange it was that it was no longer visible.

By the time she’d picked up Henry and they were travelling back along the A66 it was about 8.30pm. It was very busy on the road. Pat was driving about 50mph and chatting with her husband about his latest tour. Suddenly she noticed a white light in the sky ahead of them. It appeared to be about 1000 feet up and was heading in their direction. She initially assumed it was a plane.

She continued to watch it approach, expecting to start to make out strobe lights but this never occurred. The object began to get closer and closer, and as it did Pat realised it was also descending! She pointed it out to Henry saying “Look! Look at this light!”

As it got closer Pat began to see what the object looked like. She was amazed to see that it was what she had assumed was the ATC tower a fortnight before. It was a disc-shaped object with a row of rectangular shaped windows around the central rim. It appeared to be metallic but it was quite dark so this was hard to see clearly. It was about the size of a large car. Pat wondered why nobody else on the road was stopping or reacting to its presence.

Drawing of the disc-shaped UFO:

Suddenly the UFO turned and headed off to their left above a disused railway line. It then suddenly halted dead in the air hovering about 20 feet off the ground. They drove past it staring at it in amazement out of the left window. Due to the amount of traffic on the road Pat had no way of stopping the car without potentially causing a hold up or accident so she kept driving. A few minutes later they came to a junction and were able to turn the car around and head back down to where it was situated. However when they got back there the object had vanished without trace. They had no choice but to turn the car around again and head back home.

Drawing showing the movement path of the UFO:

This is a fascinating couple of incidents. To have two sightings of the same UFO on two separate occasions is quite rare, and seems unlikely to be a coincidence. The object certainly appears to have been a structured disc-shaped craft and the manoeuvres it performed during the second sighting certainly suggest it was under intelligent control. If it had not been seen on the second occasion it could have easily been put down to a temporary structure or farm machinery in the field, but Pat is certain that it was the same object in both sightings. And the fact that it descended towards Pat’s car and then stopped and hovered nearby perhaps suggests that it was directly observing her. We are unlikely to ever know for sure.


Pat has had an impressive number of UFO sightings and ghostly encounters throughout her life, most of which have also involved other witnesses. Her other experiences certainly appear to have involved visitations by Greys, and while she does have any memories of being aboard craft at present this does not mean that abductions have not taken place. Unfortunately I am not able to speak with her brother directly about his experiences as he does not wish to discuss them at present.

Pat comes across as very honest, open and down-to-Earth lady and I have absolutely no doubt that she has actually experienced what she has informed me about. The interpretation of these experiences is up to you, but I feel there is sufficient evidence that Pat is a contactee. Although she has not had a contact experience in quite a number of years, I am sure that if she does she will get back in touch.

Copyright Dave Hodrien 2018



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