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As you may know, Nick Redfern's recently released book "Saucer Spies" has a chapter on APEN.
That book has only just been published, and has had a bit of publicity. The current issue of UFO Review has a long interview with Nick, which includes a fairly detailed summary of his views on APEN.
See pages 29-33 of the issue of UFO Review at:
For other discussions of APEN, see:
Baker, Alan in his “The Encyclopaedia of Alien Encounters” (1999) at pages 12-13 (in an entry entitled “Aerial Phenomena Enquiry Network (APEN)”) of the Virgin hardback edition.
Randles, Jenny and Warrington, Peter in their “UFOs : A British Viewpoint” (1979) at pages 26-27 (in Chapter 2) of the Book Club Associates hardback edition.
Randles, Jenny in her “Investigating the Truth Behind MIB” (1997) at pages 154-161 (in Chapter 12) of the Piatkus softcover edition.
Spencer, John in his “The UFO Encyclopedia” (1991) at page 22 (in an entry entitled “APEN (UK)”) of the Guild hardback edition (with the same page numbering in the Avon softcover edition), at pages 25-26 of the Headline paperback edition.
Vallee, Jacques in his “Revelations” (1991) at pages 222-224 (in Chapter 8) of the Ballantine Books paperback edition.
Part of Bottomley's decision to decline APEN's offer was reached through talking to the UFO researcher, Jenny Randles. A few weeks after Bottomley's telephone call, Randles moved house. On entering her newly bought home she found a 'Welcome to your new Home' card from APEN. Inside it read "Never call anyone bigger than yourself stupid".
A UFO group based in the East Midlands were victims of what looked like a burglary which had been attempted in the middle of the night. The offenders had entered a property belonging to the group and left without taking anything, however an untidy search of files containing UFO reports had been carried out. A few days later, the group received a letter from APEN apologising for the "behaviour" of its "local agents".
In the 1980s APEN contacted one UFO group regarding the Rendlesham Forest Incident in Suffolk. They requested that members of this group meet them in the middle of the night at a railway station some distance away from where any of the members lived. They were offering to tell the group "the truth" about the incident and a government plan to create fake UFOs. Understandably, the group did not respond or take up the invitation.