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UFO Sightings Across Barnsley

Monday August 20 2012

There's been a lot of debate on our Facebook page recently about UFO sightings. Here's the latest sightings that have been reported to website UK-UFO.co.uk.

Barnsley-6th August 2012
Time: 11.30pm approx
Witness Name: S. McGougan
Witness Statement: Just before I went to bed last night at 11.30pm I looked out of my landing window and saw a bright light in the distance. Obviously initially thought it was a plane or something. Looked out again about 10 minutes later, and it was still there in the same position. Because we have a nice view out of our landing window I keep a pair of small binoculars up there. I decided to look at this bright light through the binoc's and was amazed to see it was like a large circle of separate lights, then with a separate line of lights straight through the middle and slightly angled. I looked around the sky at the stars that were all normal. But then I saw another one of those round objects of lights, but this wasn't as bright but was probably further away. This wasn't moving either. This one was still there when I finally went to bed. The other one however started moving across the sky - much faster than the average plane, and disappeared out of sight very quickly. The one that moved appeared to have been over Mapplewell way, but was probably much much further away than that - maybe as far as Dewsbury (or further)? The other that was stationary was more like Wakefield or Featherstone (again, it could have been much further).
I looked online when I got to work this morning, but there appears to be no other mention.
I've always believed in things like this, but in my 32 years this is the first realistic thing i've seen of this kind.
Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk

Barnsley, South Yorkshire-4th August 2012
Time: 11.30pm - Midnight
Witness Name: David Lavelle
Witness Statement: Around 11.30pm I saw a large ball of red light with an orange tinge travel across the sky. It crossed West to East at a very fast speed that no aircraft could achieve. It was below the clouds and had no trail. Maybe a meteor or maybe something else. I have seen a meteor before that broke up when it entered our atmosphere but this light was traveling at a very high speed horizontally across the sky which did not appear to be falling?
Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk

Barnsley, South Yorkshire-30th July 2012
Time: about 2:00 am
Witness Name: Martin Shaw
Witness Statement: I was looking over my balcony with a view over the town centre. Over the police station, when an almost invisible, large (relative to distance it was about the size of the gurkin tower in London) object flew across with a vector cloud infront. I was not on drugs or alcohol.
Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk

South Yorkshire, Barnsley-21st-28th July 2012
Time: 1am - daylight
Witness Name: Kieron Hawkins
Witness Statement: I often stay up for most of the night, being quite the insomniac. From my bedroom window for the last week, at exactly 1am in the morning, every morning, I have witnessed this huge bright light in the sky. I am almost certain that this is not the space station. The light appears through cloudy nights and clear nights, regardless of conditions, it is there. Half way through the week I started seeing the second light to the upper left in the video that I have taken just now at 3am in the morning. I'd just like to say that these lights are absolutely without a single doubt in my mind, NOT lanterns, planes, weather balloons or anything of the sort, they stay in the same position all night long and they do not disappear until it gets too light to see them.
Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk

Barnsley, South Yorkshire-15th April 2012
Time: 10pm
Witness Name: Keiron Cosgrave & Christine Hancock
Witness Statement: Myself and Christine sat in our hot tub at night under a clear starry sky. We observed a very bright large star like light at approximately 10 to 15 thousand feet travelling slowly from east to west in the night sky. Standing up in the tub the object made no noise whatsoever. It looked like a four times sized Venus brilliant and consistent, no evidence of aeroplane navigation green and red lights and not flashing. Light passed directly overhead and remained consistent throughout that time.
Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk

Huddersfield to Dodworth (Barnsley)-10th April 2012
Time: 8:30am
Witness Name: David
Witness Statement: As I was driving to work I noticed what a appeared to be a small cylindrical silver ball up in the sky, the object was a fair distance away so appeared small, intially I thought it was a plane as it appeared very reflective. However there was no trail, and it was clearly a ball shape.
Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk

Barnsley , South Yorkshire-31st March 2012
Time: 23:37
Witness Name: Lee
Witness Statement: I nipped outside for a smoke before bed. It's pretty dark in the garden area and not many street lights so a good view of the night sky. Just looking up at the stars and noticed two extra stars just to the left of mars (in view at the moment) they were moving slightly. The first one brighter than the other. I checked to see for flashing lights to indicate a plane maybe but nothing. As they contined to move straight on they seemed to dim ( maybe because of light reflected from the sun? ) I thought maybe they were satellites in view . I don't know if this counts for the site but I wondered if anyone else had seen it or could confirm what it was. Pretty amazing to watch though, what ever it was.
Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk

Barnsley (Darfield/Wombwell/Stairfoot area)-4th March 2012
Time: Aprox 22:00 - 22:30
Witness Name: Louise Parker
Witness Statement: Driving home from a trip to my parents heading down the Dearne Valley bypass towards Brampton.
Over to the left on my drivers side between the horizon and what I would call normal star level were three VERY large bright white lights. One bearing left and then two right one slightly above the other.
They were that bright and unusual that I stopped the car in the parking lay by and tried to take some photos but they were too distant on the Picture. Then I tried to take a video but as I started filming the one to left Started to slowly move away. Then the other two also moved slowly in the opposite direction till I could no longer see. It was a very unusual experience as they seemed too low and too large for stars. The sky conditions were quite a large moon and pretty clear sky with only sparse cloud.
Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk

Barnsley - December 4, 8.15am Hi , I witnesed along with two work colleagues a Strange smoke like cloud in sky ,a dark horseshoe shaped object came from within the cloud and changed from black to orangey/ red geting brighter until almost like a fireball but still retaining a horseshoe/ubolt shape, it moved very slowly in a straight line until it disapereard into the horizon . Many people must have witnessed but not seen or heard anything in local media Barnsley - November 26, 11:30pm Witness Name: Matthew Witness Statement: I was walking down Huddersfield Road when I looked in the sky and thought I was looking at a star when all of a sudden the object got brighter and i mean brighter and it kept doing this it would light up for approximately any where from 10 seconds to a minute but in the middle of the object there appeared to be a mass I couldnt tell the exact shape of it but from first glance it maybe was circular or saucer shaped I have never seen anything like it there was aeroplanes that looked alot higher than the object from my perspective. Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk Gilroyd, Barnsley-15th September 2011 Oct.18, 2011 in Yorkshire Location of Sighting: Gilroyd, Barnsley Date of Sighting: 15th september Time: 2150-2210 aprox Witness Name: Emma Heeley Witness Statement: at first glance from a distance looked like a really bright star but noticed it slowly getting closer then something dropped from it which I can only explain as like a big piece of glitter falling so I then presumed it was a lantern as you would.... but as it got closer i could see quite clearly two red lights underneath a large object it was fairly low down so defo not a plane and too quiet for a helicopter. I really don't know what to think of this my other half thinks Ive lost the plot.... Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk Athersley North, Barnsley, South Yorkshire -13th September 2011 Sep.25, 2011 in Yorkshire Location of Sighting: Athersley North, Barnsley, South Yorkshire Date of Sighting: 13/9/2011 Time: 9.30 pm Witness Name: Ellen Bounds Witness Statement: I had finished work in monk bretton at 9pm and was walking home and noticed a bright light in the sky and found it strange as i'd never seen anything that bright in the sky before, got to mansfield road in athersley at around 9.30pm and noticed another light appear opposite the one already there so i carried on walking and looked back 2 minutes later saw the light go behind a cloud and it zig zagged through the clouds with a red and blue light and then when the cloud passed a few seconds later the light had gone completely, not normally one for presuming somethings a ufo but this definitely was just gutted i didn't catch it on camera Source: www.uk-ufo.co.uk Staincross, Barnsley-14th August 2011 Aug.16, 2011 in Yorkshire Location of Sighting: Staincross, Barnsley Date of Sighting: 14th August 2011 Time: 1.25am Witness Name: Karren Witness Statement: a very bright light to the west dropped at a right angle at very fast speeds lasted 6 seconds so rang a friend as it dropped near his house seemingly only for him to witness the same light but a cigar shaped craft speeding off at very fast speeds then the following day at 12am as a plane was flying past to the south heading east when 2 other big bright lights parallel to each other dropped behind the houses again very fast as conpared them to the chimneys on the houses the plane was in front of these things yet no reports yet i dont think as to anyone on the plane seeing these things. Location of Sighting: Barnsley
Date of Sighting: 14/06/11
Time: 2.00am
Witness Name: Mark Oliver Witness Statement: Before getting back in my truck I saw a very bright white light, circular in shape but difficult to see its edge due to its brightness. Tracking from west to east. I thought it was an aeroplane at first but was quickly ruled out as the object had no red, green or strobe lighting and was silent. It was MUCH larger and brighter than the background stars. I estimated it to be about three quarters the size of the near full moon to the south. I estimated its height below 2000ft and within half of a mile from me and speed at less than 100mph. I watched it tracking out of site for about one minute. Other people MUST have seen it!
I was half way through my work shift (hgv driver) and my co-worker saw the last 30 seconds of it.
I have a pilots licence (pplm), experience parachuting, long time interest in astronomy and I know what satellites, chinese lanterns, shooting stars and conventional aircraft look like and these were all ruled out.
Perhaps the pilot of the police helicopter I witnessed in that area 5 minutes earlier also saw it. Note I do not beleive the helicopter had anything to do with the object. Location of Sighting: Wombwell
Date of Sighting: 18/03/11
Time: approx 19.25
Witness Name: Chris Reynolds Witness Statement: i had gone into my back garden to let my dogs stretch their legs. i was looking into the sky which was clear and bright at the time. i noticed a well brightly lit shape heading towards me through the sky. at first i presumed it must be an aircraft, but their was no sound whatsoever. as it got closer, the brightness went out, but i could still see the object. it seemed to be orb shaped and orangey-brown in colour.
it appeared to be travelling over towards rotherham, and moving quite quickly. i went into the house to get my wife to look also, but when we got outside it had disappeared ! Location of Sighting: Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Date of Sighting: 8 march 2011
Time: between 7:00 and 9:00 pm
Witness Name: Joanne Blackburne Witness Statement: I was looking out of my bedroom window in Barnsley, which has a wide panoramic view of the village of Barugh Green ahead. It was dark and stormy. I saw an astonishingly bright orange light suddenly appear in the sky and then retract again. I thought my eyes were playing tricks, or that the double glazing had picked up a streetlight or car reflection. I watched a while longer, then saw 2 more orange lights, spherical in shape and not as vivid as the first, (possibly due to cloud coverage), moving about the sky. they appeared to be changing from orange to red and alternated between super-fast speed and slower speeds. They stayed near each other and kept appearing and re-appearing, making miles of distance in mere seconds. They appeared to be "following" each other. One light would get in front, and then hover, as the other caught up. They travelled both horizontally, vertically and randomly. A few minutes later, though it's hard to remember exact times, a fighter jet flew over my roof, very low, and proceeded to fly out over to the region I had been watching. At least one other jet joined the area, and I observed them flying about the sky-not following a flight path, but travelling erratically. After an hour or so, the jets descended to quite a low level and circled the area, of which I would guess to be around 15 miles (though that could be innacurate, I'm not very good at distances!). I think the orange orbs made a couple of appearances during this time, and the jets continued to patrol like this for at least an hour. My Daughter, 8, came home and joined me in the window. A short while after, a incredibly vivid white light appeared, as bright as football pitch floodlights, in a diamond-like shape then suddenly burst out, like an old fashioned glass camera flash. I watched for hours but didn't see anything else. I am a former Air Hostess of 9 years and am knowledgable on aviation-and I can absolutely discount all the theories and explanations I've been offered on this. They were not chinese lanterns, the space station, helicopters, electrical storms, shooting stars or lasers.

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Reply Posted by ryan on Wednesday January 18 2012 at 23:13
I saw the same as mark last week at around 6.30am at barugh green whilst walking into work and told two of my workmates to come and look but by the time we got out it was gone. It was a massive bright white light that made no sound and had no flashing lights either like a plane would, plus it was too low for a plane. It obviously wasnt a star as they dont dissapear with a minute or so. Cant explain it.

Reply Posted by Geoff Brown on Thursday January 19 2012 at 05:43
I saw exactly the same thing over the southern side of Campbelltown in NSW Australia I ran inside to get my camera got one photo i,m sure. When it downloaded it onto my laptop !! nothing !
there was just sky I too saw the RAAF above but these fighters are that old they would be look,y to catch a bus but soon we will have the new~old F35 B raptor not as this will make any difference the thing I saw were super fast not Qantas not Air Fiji not Virgin Blue or any other shit box airline that fly,s into Sydney,s Kingsford Smith air port we dident have any storm,s around us no northern light,s so What were They ????? Geoff Sydney Australia       

Reply Posted by steven on Saturday August 18 2012 at 23:13
i have seen two ufo over my house in grimethorpe the 1st just look like some stars me and my daughter was on the trampoline looking at the stars and telling her all about them when she said dad i fort stars do not move? When i look up i could not believe what i saw. 5 start like lights were right moving slow over us i jumped up grabed my daughter told her to get in the house. Then i started to shout my partner to come outside at this time it started to more in to the clouds it was the size of about 6 planes i could see the shape very clear as the clouds parted around it. As my partner come out it had gone! I was so scered of what i saw i was looking at the sky every night for 6 mouths after that. Then 4 days ago me my daughter 3 of my nephew and 2 friends were camping out at about 9:45 when we all saw a very brite light. I told my friend to look at it threw his sites on his gun he said i do not know what it is? Then gave me the gun to look at it it was a very bright yellow tear shape. Then we saw a plane coming towards us and the ufo was going towards the plane i looked at the plane frow the gun and everyone was shouting it going to hit the plane! It past just under the plane and the plane look like it was trunning to miss it i have been looking on the news in the papers and on here that is what led me to this website

Reply Posted by Dave on Monday August 20 2012 at 16:28
The International Space Station has een flying over arnsley for at least the past week and when low will (from what I understand), have the appearence of a numer of lights flying in formation. It has also been the period (same time roughly0 every year when the Persied Meteor Showeer takes place. I feel sure that some of the sightings could be related to both of these occurances.

Reply Posted by Stuart on Monday August 20 2012 at 23:11
You all have 3mp + camera's with you,, on your MOBILE PHONES,, yet not ONE clear image ,,, NOT ONE CLEAR SHOT IN OVER 100 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY ,,.ALIEN'S are a FANTASY, nothing more,,IF Alien's are watching us,, they are obviously far more advanced than us,,,think about it ,,would you come to our Earth,,,watch SKY NEWS for 30 mins. before you make your mind up. case rested.

Reply Posted by nige on Sunday August 26 2012 at 19:14
Stuart, im not having a go, but i sugest you give over watching mainstream news or tele and watch the alternative shows thats programmed. Aliens, U.F.O's etc are real and amongst us. As for footage etc, theres thousands of photos and video footage of disc/cigar/triangular shaped objects, you just dont know where to look.

Reply Posted by Steve on Tuesday August 21 2012 at 10:50
Did "We Are Barnsley" cover the crop circle at Dodworth last week? If not Im happy to send the pics in.

Reply Posted by simon on Tuesday August 21 2012 at 19:45
last year i was in the back garden with my 8inch telescope, when i spotted a large white glow in the sky. i thought oh the police helicopter is flying towards me and attempted to view it through the scope, as telescopes have a very small field of view i found it impossible to find it. however as i was doing this the light had got much closer so i stood waiting for the helicopters engines to betray its existence. imagine my surprise when it went clean over head without a sound and it remained the same glowing ball of light from every angle. as an astronomer i am very used to seeing satellites, space station, stars and planets and it was not any of these. if i were to guess i would say it was no higher than 2-300 feet and maybe 15-30 feet across. was it E.T. i don't know, what was it, i don't know either.

Reply Posted by Katrina on Sunday August 26 2012 at 12:46
The space station has been travelling across barnsley quite alot over the recent weeks...Solution maybe?

Reply Posted by karen on Saturday October 20 2012 at 14:28
i was stood in my garden last night in mapplewell at aprox 2,30am when a bright white light going sw to westerly glided across the sky then accelerated at a incredible speed which left a white trail in front of this thing now forgive me if im wrong but i dont think we have crafts ourselve that travel that fast if we do its all hush hush ,space station doesnt move that fast and meteors have a trail at the back not at the front when they accelerate over the last year i have witnessed a lot of ufos over barnsley isnt it time the leaders tel us the truth as to what and where these things come from

Reply Posted by maxine on Thursday October 25 2012 at 14:39
me and my mum saw something similiar to this in kendray a few years ago and my brother actually filmed one on his camera but shortley afterwards he,d recorded it the camcorder got stolen.

Reply Posted by Karen K on Thursday October 25 2012 at 20:32
We have just seen exactly the same thing in Mapplewell when we were just out walking the dog! Very spooky it was. Looked like a really bright light but there was no light trail from the ground. Went on for about 5 minutes.

Reply Posted by Tim F on Thursday January 31 2013 at 12:08
Last night at 9pm I was driving down to Calderdale as I went down towards Blacker Hall crossing over the M1 bridge a bright green low flying object travelling at high speed (light a low flying military jet) shot over me towards Wakefield. From its rear was a large flame, It made no noise, was at 500 ft ish and travelling level and very very fast.
It could not have been a jet as it would have a red and green markers and a flashing light(s) it had neither.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Thursday January 31 2013 at 15:47
Just so people from outside Barnsley don't think we are all hump ties, can we agree that whatever it is we have sen they are not aliens or little green men from another world. Most probable cause is items burning up as it re enters the Earths atmosphere. There's a lot of rubbish up there.

On the other hand...........

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Thursday January 31 2013 at 15:49
hump ties? Blinking spell check, that should read numpties.

Reply Posted by Claire on Thursday January 31 2013 at 20:25
A couple of years ago I was driving from Wombwell to my ex husbands in Rotherham to pick up my son. It was around 7am. I saw something incredibly odd. Triangula in shape and really strange lights, of various colours. I actually stopped driving to look properly. It was incredibly low.

After a minute or two I put it down to not having enough coffee that morning, I can't even tell you what colours they were, they just didn't seem correct in my mind. There was a man walking to work, who had stopped to look up too, we aknowledged one another, shook our heads and carried on as usual. It did appear in the local papers. I thought, hey I'm not loosing my marbles, someone else saw it too.

I'm used to seeing the nights sky, we own several telescopes, and we're really fascinated by the stars, planets, etc. What I have to say though, is maybe there is something in our sky with is probably unknown to us, either man made, or not, I don't know, but it wasn't anything I had ever seen in my lifetime. I'm the most skeptical of people, I'd love a rational answer, but it still puzzles me to this day.

Reply Posted by Joshua baker on Saturday October 5 2013 at 14:57
My wife and 2kids went to bed at945 pm I decided to have a coffee and stand at back door this was in June 2011 it was a very dark night for June I was haveing a drink when above the houses across about 200feet up the dark sky opend up and down came a silver cigar shape UFO there was a lilac light underneath and the craft just shone bright light from inside it was roughly 200feet long no noise I just stood there in amazement 10seconds it just rose back up I es about to go in but saw it again it came down nose first in stealth it was like dark glass I noticed it was very smooth it was Amazeing how it just turned up and went back up I'm a normal guy and don't lie the sighting was above railway station and it came down just over adeles hairdressers eldon street it was traveling towards athersley I would love the goverments to tell truth I don't think they are hear to hurt us I know some one else saw this

Reply Posted by lindy and franco on Monday December 16 2013 at 00:05
A large brightly triangular light over the fields at staincross common towards Royston and another seen same time from the back window over mapplewell haigh direction with lots of smaller orange lights a quite a distance away from it. these were seen from11pm and were still there at nearly 7am. At 6.30 the one over Royston changed places with the one at the back of the house.

Reply Posted by Tony waterston on Tuesday August 5 2014 at 00:40
Just seen weird red lights in the sky and woods near hoyland. One min.in the woods next in the sky then another one appeared. Then they moved bout a mile in a matter of seconds. They were movin round very slow as if looking for something. Evem saw the beam off the lights. They were very bright, no sound, very strange

Reply Posted by karen on Friday November 13 2015 at 00:50
We live in Horsforth near Leeds-Bradford airport. Last night between 845 to 9pm. I saw through our 1st floor window where I normally see planes 1 was approaching to land but this time whilst this plane was blinking from a distance another light was blinking further behind it but moved horizontally to this plane (i thought it made a sharp turn probably). I have never seen a close gap between 2 planes that are going to land. I looked at this scenario for about 5 mins whilst I was holding and patting my 4 mos old baby up. I thought maybe it's normal routine for airplanes on a very windy day to assist another airplane and make sure they land safely. But then after 5 mins this light behind the airplane disappeared. I kept on looking for it if it would have just got covered by the cloud but as the airplane in front was getting nearer and past above our roof the 2nd light i previously saw i could not see anymore. Very strange. I searched on the web for same event and came across few websites that indicated it could be UFO?? I like watching planes approaching specially at night whilst feeding or putting baby to sleep but last night was strange

Reply Posted by Josephine Giddings on Monday October 31 2016 at 13:35
On the 24 th August 2012, 12-20 am, I was approaching Mapplewell crossroads coming up from Braughing Green Road. When I stopped at the cross roads to look right then left before turning right to drive on Mapplewell bottom passed the Co- op, I look up , caught a glance of the sky over towards the top of Staincross top, I saw 4 orange balls over the hardware shop in front of me. The 4 orange balls were in a diagonal line equally spaced between each one. Could t believe what I was seeing, I glanced down back onto the road to see if anyone was walking on the footpath, or a car passing that I could stop. There was no one about only me, and when I looked up again they had gone. I carried on driving towards Laithes Lane Athersley, and pulled in a bus stop, half got out of the car and looked again in that direction and saw nothing, to this present day I still think about it.