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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.

OCTOBER 7, 1965, HEYTESBURY, WILTSHIRE, U-K., ANNABELLE RANDALL, JOHN PLOWMAN:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Arthur Shuttlewood reported in his 1967 book that on August 7, 1965, Annabelle Randall was driving to Stockton with her boyfriend John Plowman who was a passenger, to bring him home.

At about 11:30 p.m. when they crossed the skew bridge at Heytesbury, a spot notorious for car accidents, Annabelle Randall swerved violently to avoid a figure "slumped on the nearside paving, with parts of the anatomy, legs and feet, protruding well into the road."

John Plowman thought it was probably a drunken soldier, as he thought he caught a glimpse of a rifle lying on the pavement by the parapet near the man's side. Shuttlewood explains that troops of the 1st Welch Regiment were based at Knook Camp, Heytesbury.

He had heard a distinct jolt as the car pulled off to the right. He insisted that she pulled off, so she stopped the car a few meters further, and John Plowman ran back to the bridge, worried that they might have hurt someone. He got out to check, but at the place where the figure should have been, there was nobody, and no blood on the bridge. He checked for about 12 minutes, then returned to the car. Annabelle Randall dropped him home and started her drive back to Warminster.

When she again approached Skew Bridge later at about 00:25 a.m., she noticed a large orange ball of light. When she crossed the bridge, her car's engine begun to miss and stutter, the headlights became weak, nearly causing her to crash into a bank. The car drove on badly with the orange light at its right. She realized it was some sort of vehicle parked ahead of her. She reported it had a circular shape, that she was unable to pick up any discernible features, "because the light from the opposite side was so powerful. It was glaring and hurt my eyes."

When she neared this UFO, it span into the road in front of her, and then the car's engine failed completely. She saw "red and blue sparks fly from the spinning rim" and then, "bright crimson in color, it flew off" at a tangent on her right. She did not watch it fly away behind her.

She caught figures in black in her flickering headlights after the orange ball had flung from Earth to the sky. The car's engine had just restarted, and the car was going straight towards two people standing in the road.

She almost hit them but narrowly missed them, and had the time to note that these two people wore baclavas which only showed their noses and a bit of their eyes, and they wore clothes of a darkish material, "either black or deep grey and skin tight." This material seemed glistening as if it was wet, like skin-divers' or frog-men's.

Annabelle Randall was terribly frightened, she thought the experience was awful and wished she would forget about it and so she did not report the occurrence to the authorities.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000801
Date of event: October 7, 1965
Earliest report of event: 1967?
Delay of report: Day, 2 years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Ufology bulletin Orbit.
First certain record by: Ufology book Shuttlewood.
First alleged record type: Ufology bulletin.
First certain record type: Sensationalist ufology book.
This file created on: August 26, 2008
This file last updated on: August 26, 2008
Country of event: U-K.
State/Department: Wiltshire
Type of location: Bridge and near bridge from car.
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Uncertain
Witnesses numbers: 2
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. Woman and her boyfriend.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 3
Type of entities: Human
Entities height: Not reported or normal
Entities outfit type: Not reported and frog-men outfit and baclavas.
Entities outfit color: Not reported and black or dark.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported or normal.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported and yes.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported and yes.
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: Were there.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, checked, went, observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Worried and frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible confusion.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. as1:] ARTHUR SHUTTLEWOOD:

Arthur Shuttlewood reported that at the Heytesbury skew bridge, on August 7, 1965, Annabelle Randall was driving to Stockton with her boyfriend John Plowman who was a passenger.

When they crossed the bridge Annabelle swerved violently because she wanted to avoid a figure "slumped on the nearside paving, with parts of the anatomy, legs and feet, protruding well into the road."

John thought it was probably a drunken soldier, as he thought he caught a glimpse of a rifle lying on the pavement by the parapet near the man's side. Shuttlewood explains in his book that troops of the 1st Welch Regiment were based at Knook Camp, Heytesbury.

He had heard a distinct jolt as the car pulled off to the right. He insisted that she pulls off and she stopped the car a few yards further along, and John ran back to the bridge, worried that they might have hurt someone. He got out to check, but at the place where the figure should have been, there was nobody, and no blood on the bridge. John checked for about 12 minutes, then returned to the car and Annabelle dropped him home and returned to Warminster.

When she again approached Skew Bridge, she noticed a large orange ball of light. When she crossed the bridge, her car's engine begun to miss and stutter, the headlights became weak, nearly causing her to crash into a bank. The car drove on badly with the orange light at its right. She realized it was some sort of vehicle parked ahead of her. She reported it had a circular shape, that she was unable to pick up any discernible features, "because the light from the opposite side was so powerful. It was glaring and hurt my eyes."

When she neared the UFO, it span into the road in front of her, and then the car's engine failed completely. She saw "red and blue sparks fly from the spinning rim" and then, "bright crimson in color, it flew off" at a tangent on her right. She did not watch it fly away behind her.

She caught figures in black in her flickering headlights after the orange ball had flung from Earth to the sky. The car's engine had just restarted, and the car was going straight towards two people standing in the road.

She almost hit them but narrowly missed them, and had the time to note that these two people wore baclavas which only showed their noses and a bit of their eyes, and they wore clothes of a darkish material, "either black or deep grey ans skin tight." This material seemed glistening as if it was wet, like skin-divers' or frog-men's.

Mrs Plowman was terribly frightened, she thought the experience was awful and wished she would forget about it and so she did not report the occurrence to the authorities.

[Ref. as2:] ARTHUR SHUTTLEWOOD:

The author indicates that the amazing but true story of the Plowmans was presented in Orbit, the journal of the Tyneside UFO Society, and in his last book The Warminster Mystery, as well as revelations by phone calls to the author from a trio of aliens coming from planet Aenstria.

[Ref. fh1:] FREDERICK WILLIAM HOLYDAY:

Fredrick William Holiday, also known as Ted Holiday, (1920-1979) was a British journalist and cryptozoologist who became convinced that the Loch Ness monster exists. In 1972 however, he changed his mind and told that in his opinion the Loch Ness monster was a psychic apparition, not unlike "dragons" of ancient legens, and that UFOs are "sky serpents" also of a psychic nature. As an example of his argumentation: the sky-god of the ancient Scandinavians was Odin, the god with only one eye, an eye looks like a disc, hence Odin was actually a flying saucer. As gods are not from this world, flying saucers are also from another realm. The Dragon and the Disc, his second book, argued that as John Keel had argued, seeing UFOs or experiencing paranormal phenomena are "psychic" experiences, neither real nor unreal but evidence of some "other realm." Among the examples, he told that on 7 October 1965, Annabelle Randall was driving her fiancÚ, John Plowman, back to his home near Warminster, England, and at 11:30 p.m. they approached a railway bridge near Heytesbury, Wiltshire, where several fatal accidents have occurred.

He tells that as the car approached the bridge, they saw a sprawled creature lying with its legs and feet on the road. Miss Randall managed to avoid its legs and stopped, and it was found that the figure had vanished. A search of the road, the bridge and the surrounding area failed to reveal any trace.

He tells that about 12:25 a.m., the girl drove back, and near the same bridge, she saw a bright orange glow against an embankment; which she described as a "large orange ball" that suddenly shot across the road and took off into the sky.

At the same time, she became aware of a second round object that was dark and stationary, and, walking along the road towards her, two figures wearing tight-fitting dark clothes and some sort of headgear. From the thighs downwards, they glistened as if wet.

Her car almost ran them down as the frightened driver kept going at top speed until she reached town.

[Ref. dr1:] STEVE DEWEY AND JOHN RIES:

The authors indicate that on August 7, 1965, Annabelle Randall, now Annabelle Plowman, was driving to Stockton with her boyfriend John Plowman who was a passenger, and crossed Skew Bridge, a spot notorious for car accidents.

A that time, Annabelle swerved violently because she wanted to avoid a figure described as "slumped on the nearside paving, with parts of the anatomy, legs and feet, protruding well into the road.

She missed the figure, though John thought there had been a jolt as they passed. He insisted that Annabelle stopped the car, got out to check, but at the place where the figure should have been, there was nobody, and no blood on the bridge. John checked for about 12 minutes, then returned to the car and Annabelle dropped him home and returned to Warminster.

When she again approached Skew Bridge, she noticed a large orange ball of light. When she crossed the bridge, her car's engine begun to miss and stutter, the headlights became weak, nearly causing her to crash into a bank.

The car drove on badly with the orange light at its right. She realized it was some sort of vehicle parked ahead of her. She reported it had a circular shape, that she was unable to pick up any discernible features, "because the light from the opposite side was so powerful. It was glaring and hurt my eyes."

When she neared the UFO, it span into the road in front of her, and then the car's engine failed completely. She saw "red and blue sparks fly from the spinning rim" and then, "bright crimson in color, it flew off" at a tangent on her right. she did not watch it fly away behind her.

The car's engine had just restarted, and the car was going straight towards two people standing in the road.

She almost hit them but narrowly missed them, and had the time to note that these two people wore baclava which only showed their noses and a bit of their eyes, and they wore clothes of a darkish material, "either black or deep grey and skin tight." This material seemed glistening as if it was wet, like skin-divers' or fro-men's.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Heytesbury, England, on October 7, 1965, at 2332, Annabelle Randall and John Plowman were driving at night when at a railway bridge they nearly ran over a figure sprawling beside the road, his legs in the road. They stopped and ran back, but no one was there.

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Norton Bravant, England, on October 8, 1965, at 0025 a.m., Annabelle Randall was driving back along the same road as before, when at the same bridge she saw beside the railway embankment a large brilliant orange-glowing ball. Her headlights dimmed, and her engine began to miss. Then she noticed an unlit circular object beside the road. The luminous ball then moved in front of her car, red and blue sparks flying from its spinning rim; it turned bright crimson, and flew off. When it moved, her engine stopped. Immediately after this, she saw 2 people in the middle of the road, wearing dark balaclava hoods and dark skin tight clothing like frogmen, which glistened as though wet below the thighs. Her engine now working again, she swerved to avoid them, just barely missing them, and drove on.

Albert Rosales indicates as source Arthur Shuttlewood.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on October 7, 1965, in the area of Heytesbury, U-K., at 11:32 p.m. there was a close encounter with a an unidentified craft and its occupants as one object was observed by two witnesses on a railroad named Plowman and Randall and two beings were seen.

The sources are indicated as Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Contact U.K.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on October 9, 1965, at 00:25, in Heytesbury, U-K., there were an electromagnetic effect of a motor and headlights dying. Two changing color discs were seen, one closer, one hovering in sky took higher, that turned from orange to red, emitted red and blue sparks.

The female witness, Randall, an experienced observor, thought she saw two beings by the road for five minutes.

The sources are indicated as: Webb, David, HUMCAT: Catalogue of Humanoid Reports; Contact U.K.; Bloecher, Ted R. Ted R Bloecher investigation files; Rodeghier, Mark, UFO Reports Involving Vehicle Interference, CUFOS, Chicago, 1981; Falla, Geoffrey, Vehicle Interference Project, BUFORA, London, 1979; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

Points to consider:

There is a possibility that the witness John Plowman is the ghosts and paranormal believer who used to write articles for the S.S.P.R. Newsletter in 1989-1990.

It is apparent that the various versions of the story contradict one another on details, giving in the whole a rather confused case.

The first key to understand this history is Arthur Shuttlewood. Editor of a small local newspaper in Warminster, Shuttlewood was the origin of the so-called "Warminster Thing", writing sensational reports about the various sightings of more or less strange events in the area. Many critics noted that few investigation and mostly doubtful investigations were made and that the "Warminster Thing" was primarily, if not entirely, collected stories of low reliability and often low strangeness. Shuttlewood finally managed to claim that he is in telephone contact then personal contact with aliens from the planet "Aenstria", Caellsan, the commander of their spaceship, Selorik, their interpreter, and Traellison, the queen of their planet.

The second is due to the configuration and the characteristics of the place. We have a bridge, where indeed somebody could have been, for example some soldier from the regiment stationed nearby. And under the bridge, there is a railway, passing trains being indeed able to project lights, sparks, with apparent motion, and cause confusions. A formal and precise investigation at the place could have determined if such a possibility of confusion could have been the explanation, but that was obviously not done.


Heytesbury skew bridge in 1988.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe August 26, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross First source Orbit not available. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe August 26, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No formal investigation on the spot. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe August 26, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross First then 2 other entities described are human, low strangeness case. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible 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 26, 2008 Creation, [as1], [as2], [fh1], [dr1], [ar1], [ud1], [ud2].
1.0 Patrick Gross August 26, 2008 First published.

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