A Load of Old Bolides
Andy Roberts’ (and the accepted official) story of events is that a meteor entered the earth's atmosphere over Britain accompanied by an earthquake registering above 4 on the Richter scale. Activity afterwards, from the men in black, was attributed to visits from the Geological Survey teams. The lights seen were either from the meteor, or earth lights created by the tremor. The smaller lights seen by Pat Evans were claimed to be poachers’ lamps. Also two military jets allegedly had crashed in the area in both 1972 and then 1982 and some witnesses (questioned well after the event) are thought to have mixed this up with the original event from 1974 and hence the claims of military roadblocks by confused locals. The explanations were plausible the case seemed closed.
A couple of decades after the original incident had seemingly been buried as a piece of Welsh folklore Berwyn once again gained focus in the 1990s and early 21s century and would not go away.
A UFO Landing?
Scott Felton, a long time researcher of the case believes that the official story was a cover-up and that a craft of some sort landed on the mountain and stayed there for around an hour and a half.
Scott maintains that Andy Roberts story is full of erroneous detail. Pat Evans could not have seen poachers’ lamps (or even the police lights) on Cader Berwyn because both groups were miles away on Cader Bronwen and the poachers had finished by 9.00pm. The aircraft crashes that confused the memories of villagers’ years after the event are also questioned. Felton has discovered that no military crash occurred in 1972 anywhere near Berwyn and in 1982 a light training aircraft (not a Harrier - as Roberts claimed) crashed with very little disturbance to the locals during a rapid clear up operation.
Felton goes further and states that back in 1974 a hotel chef was stopped whilst returning from Corwen, a reporter from Bala had a camera confiscated by British military and that two students returning from a course in Dolgellau noted a very heavy police presence in Llandrillo at just after 9.30pm. He even claims that a relative of Pat Evans, claimed she confided in them that she had been stopped by a military patrol whilst returning from the mountains on the night of the incident. Something Roberts refutes.
Scott Felton’s research has led him to conclude that a UFO had landed in the mountains on a number of occasions and prior to the 23rd Jan. 1974. He believes that a military operation was planned for the 23rd (using the meteor story as a cover if needed) but no one had predicted the earth tremor that brought people out into the streets. Although Felton does not claim anything extra-terrestrial landed he has been quoted as saying:
I believe an object came down, it stayed for about an hour and a half and left of its own volition. It was hanging around before January 23rd and it was around for up to three weeks afterwards. The military was waiting for it that night. The only way they knew to be there was because it had been coming for a few days.
A Cosmic Crash?
In his book “Cosmic Crashes” (1999), Nick Redfern tells of a UFO crashing into the North Wales Mountains.
In a chilling echo of the infamous Roswell Incident in New Mexico, scores of troops were dispatched on a secret mission to recover the wreckage. One soldier, (under the pseudonym) James Prescott, was ordered to Llandderfel with four others and loaded two oblong boxes into their armoured truck. They then ferried the bodies back to the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down near Salisbury, Wilts, under strict orders not to stop for anything
But by the time of the publication of Dr. David Clarke and Andy Roberts’ book “Out of the Shadows” in 2002, Redfern began to flip flop and in an interview with Richard Thomas said
I was of the opinion that a UFO had come down, then I changed my mind after reading the research of Andy Roberts. However, I still get accounts now and again from locals and retired military people (all from RAF Valley, interestingly enough) of knowledge of bodies recovered and taken to Porton Down, Wiltshire. So, I'll be the first to admit that, today, it's one that continues to puzzle me. On the one hand, I am convinced that Andy has solved massive parts of the story. But, on the other hand, it's difficult to dismiss the testimony of the military people who have accounts to relate, and nothing to gain by spreading a false story. I think, though, that we have not heard the last of the case by any means!
cont. in part 3
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