Of course, like most investigators I was not going to allow this to put me off. I fact, his call did the opposite and fueled the fire. Again I got back in touch with the newspapers asking witnessed to come forward. I also rang Talk Radio and the man I talked to was completely aware as to what I was talking about but did not want to assist. He told me that they had received a number of phone calls and that they should not pursue the story. Wow! this 'was' turning into a conspiracy. I also had contacted R.A.F. West Drayton myself who would not divulge in any information, neither would the Ministry of Defence after contacting the Staff 2a - (the MOD UFO Reporting Desk). I eventually contacted West Midlands airport and asked them if they were aware of any unusual sightings in the Manchester area and I was instructed to contact a PR Office in London... How odd! The PR Office was not helpful either as they said no reported incidents had been logged. Was I ever going to get to the bottom of this?
On February 23rd 1996 I received a telephone call from Mike. I was surprised, I didn't think I was going to hear from him again. Mike had apparently checked up on who I was and had talked with his fellow police officers and convinced them to meet up with me whilst they were off duty. An arrangement was agreed upon. We were to meet up at a known cafe in the Manchester area in a few days time. Mike finished by asking me if I had any contacts in the Police Head Office. I replied 'No, why'? Mike just said 'Never mind, I'll see you soon'.
I still think Mike was a little suspicious, but why was he? The following day I received a phone call from Mike again. This time he sounded most upset. He told me that two men had been to visit him and that he will not be meeting up with me and no longer wanted to talk about it. I tried to calm him down and said 'OK Mike, I understand, I don't want you getting in trouble, I agree its probably best for me not to meet up with you, but can I conduct a short interview with you over the phone just to get the details correct in our report, and then you can forget about the whole thing'? Mike reluctantly agreed and I conducted a lengthly interview on the phone. I thanked Mike and told him not to worry.
As the days past I managed to locate several witnesses. I visited each of them and got their information down on paper. I also, started to hear rumours of further UFO sightings on that night in and around the Morcambe area. I was going to have to check this out.
After several weeks of investigating and travelling around the country I was able to compile an overall report...
It all started on February 8th 1996, as I was driving home I spotted something odd in the sky. At that very time PC Gorden and 3 other police officers were on duty at the Trafford Police Station on Talbot Road, Old Trafford, Manchester. They look out of a window and noticed a strange object darting about the sky before slowing and hovering over Lancashire Country Cricket ground. They were so intrigued as to what they had seen, they decided to tune their radio in to different radio stations in hope of hearing something about the UFO. They eventually came to Talk Radio where someone had just rang in with a UFO sighting. Talk Radio gave out their number and urged people to ring in if they had also seen a strange object in the sky over Manchester. Mike, caught up in the moment telephoned the radio station and he was interviewed live on air.
Mike described the object as being triangular with girder type structure on its underside. There were several lights on it, three large red apex lights and four smaller white lights grouped together in the middle of the object. According to the officers, the object was massive, and made no sound whatsoever. After a short time the object stopped and hovered over the cricket ground then suddenly accelerated to an amazing speed and performed aerobatics the Red Arrows would have been proud of. They watched the object for several minutes before it sped off in a southerly direction.
It was not long afterwards I contact Mike and conducted a brief interview over the phone. Mike told me that a couple of official sounding men had been in contact with him and we asking him questions, and that the men introduced themselves as Mr. Salt and Mr. Green. A second conversation with Mike took place about a week later and he had agreed to met up with me along with the other police officers, however the following day Mike contacted me again to cancel our arrangement. On that afternoon Mike was visited by two men claiming to be Ministry of Defence officials. Mike asked them for I.D. and they clearly showed him their identification badges. The two men were smartly dressed in dark suits and introduced themselves as Mr. Salt and Mr. Green. (The same two men that had rang him earlier last week). Mike asked them in and they went through to the lounge and sat down. They told him that he should not of contacted the radio station. That he should have reported it to his superior officer and that there was a strict protocol in regards UFO sightings. He also should have never talked with a UFO investigator (myself). They went on to say that the unusual object was a top secret aircraft and the subject was considered extremely sensitive. They told him that he could lose his job if he didn't co-operate and that he had clearly broken protocols in regards how the sighting was handled.
Even though Mike was unaware of such a protocol, he gave no argument. At that, the two men stood up and said they would be in touch with him soon and not to say anything to anyone about what he and the other police officers had seen. As soon as they left, Mike rushed to the phone and telephoned the other officers. He was surprised to find that the two MOD officials had already visited them earlier that afternoon. All agreed that it was best not to talk about what they had seen. Mike contacted me and understandably cancelled our agreed meeting.
A few days later I talked with a friend who was a retired police officer and he informed me that he was aware of such a protocol to UFO sightings. There was a form that asked certain questions and then it was sent to the Ministry of Defence. Was this form the illusive MOD UFO Sighting Form...? I respected Mike's wishes and never contacted him again. But... that was not the end of the investigation. Further reports had come to light...
Michelle Baker and Gary Lorton were travelling back to Michelle's mothers in Salford, Manchester on February 8th. As they drove down Barton Dock Road Gary looked up and saw a huge triangular object slowly cruising across the sky. They quickly turned the car around and watched as the craft met up with a smaller one and stop over an industrial facility known as Cortholes Chemicals. They recalled a woman walking her dog who also stood watching the objects. They described them as massive mechanical type structures that hung in the sky without making a sound. They watched them for a few minutes before they slowly moved off towards the Carrington area.
On learning of this I immediately visited Corthole Chemicals and talked with security officers. They grinned and said 'Oh yeh, our UFO'... On February 8th security officers Graham Mitchell and Roy Burgess were in their guard house when Tom, a delivery driver rushed over to them pointing up to the sky. Roy and Graham stepped out and looked up. They couldn't believe their eyes. above them around 200 feet were two strange looking objects. There was a large one... it was huge, and a smaller one next to it. Both were triangular in shape with red and white lights on them. Roy rushed back to the guard house and telephoned Chris Keaton, the on duty night manager who also came out and watched the objects before they silently moved off. I was able to interview all who had seen the objects and Chris was kind enough to show me where they were in the sky. As he pointed up I noticed several security camera's around, but as Chris said, 'The damn things are all high up and pointing down at the guard house, security gates, the truck parking area and entrance doors. Not one of them would have been pointing up at the sky, otherwise, we would have had them on film. Shame... All in all, two security officers, four truck drivers, the night manager and around 16 other members of staff watched the two strange objects that night hang over their facility before moving off towards Carrington.
Peter Wilson, a headmaster for a local Manchester school was out walking his dog with a friend on the evening of February 8th. He was walking along a dirt path by the side of the River Mersey in Broadheath when his friend shrieked. Directly above them was a huge triangular shaped craft, moving silently. They described the object as having three red apex lights and a large red light in the center of the craft, which seemed to be detached from the object somehow. Peter was rather alarmed and reported the sighting to the local police station as soon as he reached home. WPC Allen took the call at Altrincham Police Station and told Peter that she would inform a couple of police officers which were in the area. The officers apparently attended the location but the object had mysteriously vanished.
It was now Apirl 1996 and rumours were circulating amongst investigators that R.A.F. West Drayton were alerted to the UFOs and had possibly scrambled some jets to intercept the mystery objects. By May of 1996 the Ministry of Defence had confirmed they did in fact receive several reports of UFO sightings throughout the area of Manchester and Lancashire. Other UFO groups across the North West were also a buzz with UFO reports of strange triangular crafts.
In September of 1996 I visited Morcambe to conduct a lecture on UFOs and was surprised to learn they too had also had their fair share of triangular UFO sightings. There were several other lecturers that discussed local sightings and even video film showing the large triangular crafts was shown to the public. The BBC were also there filming for a TV show about the recent UFO activity and I was pleased to assist them with an interview. Afterwards I travelled directly to Red Rose Radio in Lancashire and was interviewed live on air, during which several members of the community rang in to say they had also seen strange triangular objects in the night sky, silently moving about. It was as if whatever had visited Manchester back on February 8th 1996, had also dropped into to Lancashire before disappearing.
Whatever the mystery objects were, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said they were not acknowledged on their radar. Manchester International Airport said they had not received any reports of UFO sightings and later seemed to change their story. They also said that the airport was shut that night in question when in fact, after talking with an aircraft enthusiast, was informed that aircraft were seen going in and out of the airport as normal that night. After contacting the MOD again, they informed me that they had never heard of a Mr. Salt nor Mr. Green and would not visit UFO witnesses period. They did however confirm that they had received a number of reported sightings throughout the North West. To date, there may be over 400 separate reported incidents. Incidents that still remain unexplained...
Steve Mera BSc..