A former policeman is still claiming he was abducted by aliens while out on patrol, some 37 years later. Alan Godfrey’s ‘close encounter’ made him famous in 1980, but it also led to the demise of his career as a copper.
In his tell-all book, the 70-year-old alleges his superiors tried to silence him and get him sectioned. ‘This is the story of secret forces and cover-ups plus terrifying attempts to destroy a brave officer’s career,’ he boldly claims. The ‘abduction’ on November 28, 1980, attracted national headlines. He was even interviewed by Frank Bough on BBC Breakfast.
Alan draws an impression of the UFO he saw while out on patrol (Picture: Cascade) Alan says his fame came at a price. He says his superiors banned him from Todmorden police station, effectively ending his nine-year career with West Yorkshire police. It all came after Alan began investigating a case of missing cows, when he saw a very strange sight – a UFO hovering over his patrol car.
Alan tried to call for help but his radio was dead so he jotted down a sketch of it on his notepad. He experienced 30 minutes of ‘missing time’ and later underwent hypnosis in a bid to retrieve his memories. And to his horror he says he remembered seeing several small beings and a tall man with a beard performing medical tests on him.
Alan wants his grandchildren to know the truth about that fateful night (Picture: Cascade) He said: ‘Someone was determined to stop at nothing to undermine my efforts to tell the truth. It turned into a nightmare and cost me dear but speaking about it is the right thing to do.’ Alan said he has kept quiet about things that happened to him during his time with the police force and the strange events that later unfolded.
After taking ill a year ago, he decided to write down his experiences so his grandchildren could know the truth. ‘This book tells it like it is – everything that occurred but which someone did not want you to read,’ he said. Alan said the UFO was the size of a double decker bus and seemed to be rotating, then suddenly the object vanished and he was 30 yards further down the road.
The case of Alan’s ‘missing 30 minutes’ is one of the most famous ‘alien abductions’ this side of the pond (Picture: Getty) ‘When you see something like that out of nowhere and you feel strange sensations and hear messages coming into your head then you know this is not just a routine police patrol.’ He drove back to the scene and discovered the road was dry despite it having rained. A bus travelling on the road stopped and the driver got out and noticed the same thing. Alan said it got much weirder after that when images of strange beings and medical experiments and much more started to reappear. Alan’s book is called Who or What Were They? as he is still trying to come to terms with what happened.