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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1959, LEIGH, LANCASHIRE, U-K., MRS C. WICKENS:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Ufology catalogues indicate that a newspaper, not named and not dated, reported that at an unspecified date of 1959, in Leigh, England, at 10:30 p.m., a Mrs C. Wickens who had been visiting her sister was outside trying to catch a late bus when she noticed three figures crouching on the nearby grass verge.

She could also make out several other groups of three and four figures standing further back in the shadows, all motionless, watching her, all in dazzling white clothing and with "balaclava-type helmets" over their heads.

Mrs Wickens thought that the silence over the area was strange.

Then, on her left, she suddenly noticed a solitary "robot-like figure" some six feet tall or more, she was seized by terror and "couldn't go on" yet fled back to her sister's home where she stayed for the night.

Her sister, however, wrote the experience off, indicating that she had seen boy scouts camping on the green for the night, but it is said that in the morning there were "no signs" of the boy scouts.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000274
Date of event: 1959
Earliest report of event: 1977?
Delay of report: Days? Decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Newspaper.
First certain record by: Ufology catalogue.
First alleged record type: Newspaper.
First certain record type: Ufology catalogue.
This file created on: August 11, 2007
This file last updated on: August 11, 2007
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Lancashire
Type of location: In grass seen from road.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1, and 1 negative
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Woman.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 11 or more.
Type of entities: Humanoid or human and robot
Entities height: Not reported, and 1.80 meters or more.
Entities outfit type: Clothes
Entities outfit color: Dazzling white.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Yes.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Stood there in several groups.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Terrified.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable confusion.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Leigh, England, in 1959, at 10:30 p.m., Mrs C. Wickens had been visiting her sister's home in Leigh and on her way to catch a late bus noticed three figures crouching on the nearby grass verge; she could also make out several other groups of three and four figures standing further back in the shadows.

All were dressed in clothing of dazzling white and wore balaclava-type helmets over their heads. They stood motionless, watching the witness, and there was a strange silence over the area.

Then, on her left, she suddenly noticed a solitary robot-like figure standing well over six-feet, and she was seized by terror and couldn't go on. She fled back to her sister's home where she remained for the night.

Her sister wrote the experience off, claiming she had seen "boy scouts" camping on the green for the night. In the morning there were no signs of such.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is "Humcat quoting newspaper source."

Points to consider:

Balaclava

Left: A "balaclava" is not exactly a helmet.

No UFO is seen, only silhouettes, in the night. The whole thing has a strong perfume of newspaper story around frights of a lone woman in the night in the middle of the shades, and it is not unimportant that the sister did not believe in a serious nature of the thing.

No investigation seems to have been carried out anyway.

There is also no precise date, and no name or publishing date as of the newspaper who was apparently the primary source of the story.

It is thus not far-fetched to evaluate the case as a probable confusion, or possibly a prank played on the lady by some boy scouts.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe August 11, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source, a newspaper article, is not referenced nor available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe August 11, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross There seems to have been no investigation. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe August 11, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No information on witness age, and witness profile in general. Help needed. Opened.
4 Ufology Severe August 11, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Insufficient information in general, for example, no information on distance of observation. Visibility was probably bad. Help needed. Opened.
5 Ufology Severe August 11, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross the sister of the witness is unconvinced of the strangeness of the experience and notes the presence of boy scouts. Help needed. Opened.
6 Ufology Severe August 11, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross There is no UFO. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Probable confusion.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross August 11, 2007 Creation, [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 11, 2007 First published.

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