On November 28, 1980, a police constable in Todmorden, West Yorkshire experienced what he claims was an alien abduction that involved missing time.
Alan Godfrey had been on patrol that rainy evening, tasked with locating a herd of missing cattle. This took him well into the early morning hours.
At 5:00 a.m., however, his cow-hunting fun came to an end. As he drove down Burnley Road, in the distance he saw something peculiar – it was a diamond-shaped, metallic object hovering five feet above the ground. It appeared to spin rapidly counter-clockwise, and yet remained completely silent.
He tried to use his radio. It wouldn’t work. He then reached for his notebook so he could jot down a sketch, but that’s when the object gave off a brilliant flash.
Within the blink of an eye, Godfrey found himself displaced – still in his car, but farther down the road. The object had vanished. He turned around and went back to where he saw it, but the only trace left was a bit of dry area on the ground, where no rain had fallen.
Alan Godfrey went back to the police station, and pondered what he had just seen. Something was bothering him, more than just the sight of that bizarre object. Then, he noticed: The time was off by at least fifteen minutes. Of course, even with that oddity on top of everything else, he hesitated to tell anyone of his experience. He feared they’d think he was crazy.
Later, however, he discovered there had been other similar reports of a white object in the sky, including one at nearby parish Cliviger (on the very same road), which seemingly corroborated what Godfrey had witnessed. He filed his report, which ultimately made it into the news.
Now, at this point, you might not be very impressed with Alan Godfrey’s extraterrestrial encounter. He saw a floating object, missed some time. Big deal. Who hasn’t?
There was also reportedly some physical evidence. The sole of one of his boots was split, which possibly indicated he had been dragged somewhere. But it wasn’t until several months later when Godfrey underwent hypnotic regression that things became truly interesting.
Over the course of several hypnosis sessions, Godfrey revealed that the bright flash he saw that night had apparently stopped his car’s engine and caused him to lose consciousness. When he woke up, he found himself in what appeared to be a room with a tall, bearded man and his black dog.
The man, who at least appeared human, wore a white gown and a “skull cap.” He didn’t speak, but rather communicated through telepathy, informing Godfrey that his name was Yosef (or Josef). Godfrey was placed on a table, and they talked for a while as Yosef performed physical examinations.
There was also a group of small robots or creatures, eight in total, with oddly-shaped heads. As Godfrey was being examined, they removed his shoes.
Not everything was revealed during his hypnosis, though. Apparently, there was no true “end.” He just woke up, and it was over.
The U.K.’s First Alien Abduction
I don’t know if hypnosis works (I’ll have to look into that), and to be fair, Godfrey isn’t entirely convinced, either. He thinks, perhaps, his hypnotic regression was something out of a dream, and not an actual recollection of the events of November 28, 1980. He is, however, convinced that he did indeed witness a physical craft that night.
Overall, 1980 was an interesting time for UFO sightings in Britain, with an apparent wave occurring near the end of the year. Godfrey’s account is considered the first documented alien abduction within the United Kingdom. And just one month after Godfrey’s experience, servicemen at RAF Woodbridge would encounter an unidentified object within Rendlesham Forest.
As the story goes, one of those men would receive a telepathic message, possibly from time travelers.
The Mirror has some images of Godfrey, along with the sketch he made of the alleged craft. The above video also contains an interview with Godfrey (complete with illustrations) from the 1980s, in which he describes the experience in his own words.
Oh, and there’s a special appearance by The Doctor.
h/t Jenny Randles