Filling in for George Noory, Rob Simone (email) welcomed British police detective Gary Heseltine for a discussion on UFO sightings by law enforcement officers in the United Kingdom. Heseltine recalled an impactful UFO experience he had as a teenager, in which a flying bright white light caused the power grid to shut off as it moved slowly and silently over his town. Heseltine said he began compiling other credible UFO accounts from police officers, pilots, and even astronauts, out of frustration for how the mainstream media had trivialized their puzzling experiences. He presented several cases he has gathered over the past 10 years.
In an account from 1979, three police officers patrolling a rural area outside of London reported a flash of light off in the distance, Heseltine relayed. Five minutes later an object the size of a soccer field appeared in the skies above them about a 1/4 mile away and only 500 feet above the ground, he continued. The object reportedly shined a beam onto the terrain, had several smaller objects flying around it, and vanished in the blink of an eye, Heseltine added. A case from 1969 chronicles a police constable who claimed to have witnessed nine pearl white objects traveling in a v-formation. According to Heseltine, this account was corroborated by several other officers, all of whom were told by commanders to not discuss what they had seen.
Heseltine estimated that about 72% of his UFO files are multiple officer cases—a fact that makes these accounts indisputable in his mind. Superiors often tell officers to keep quiet about unusual sightings, and sometimes evidence gets lost, he noted. As an example, he talked about a 2006 case involving a police helicopter crew that reported seeing a UFO. Heseltine later uncovered that the log entry for this incident had mysteriously vanished from the records. Some hard evidence does exist though. Dashboard camera footage from 2003 shows a police officer in pursuit of a cluster of bright white lights that suddenly disappear, he revealed. Heseltine also shared the Alan Godfrey abduction story.
During Open Lines, Rob offered a special hotline for law enforcement officials to report on their bizarre sightings. Tony, a retired police officer from Slidell, Louisiana, recounted a strange nighttime encounter he had as a teen while at local hangout called the Gravel Pits. Tony said a friend had called him over to see something, and when he got there he saw an extraterrestrial life form. The being stood 4 1/2 feet tall, had a flat triangular-shaped head, and disappeared as soon as they rushed him, Tony explained. Shortly afterward the radio reported a UFO in the area, he added. Jason in New Hampshire described seeing what appeared to be a blue 'X' floating toward him. Each line of the 'X' was about a foot-and-a-half long, it moved slowly at around two miles per hour, and traveled about seven feet before vanishing, Jason recalled. Tomi from Huston, Texas, reported on a 1993 sighting of v-shaped objects that changed color from green to bright white, briefly flew in formation, then broke apart.