Otley Suffolk-12th October 2013

Location of Sighting: Otley Suffolk
Date of Sighting: 12th October 2013
Time: 21.00
Witness Name: Colin Webb

Witness Statement: It was a still quiet night with a thin low cloud base, no wind and in the north easterly direction as I was walking the dog I looked up I saw three beams of light scanning the sky. The lights formed a 120 % arc generally following a triangular formation but each light was able to change its position very quickly though keeping to the triangular formation but in different positions. There was no sound and no evidence of any craft. I watched for about 10 minutes and it felt that it was so strange that I left the area.

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Updated: October 15, 2013 — 10:52 pm

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  1. Hi Colin,
    Most probably, (by what you describe) these may be ‘searchlights’ -they are widely used in ‘fairground/circus’ type contexts and can be easily confused with something ‘not of this world’ -Paul

  2. This sounds like a laser show; was there anything in the area that may have used one that night?

  3. Hi, I to saw exactly as Colin has said the lights in suffolk, I was house sitting in Bruisyard Nr Framlingham and took the dog out at about 8pm and again at 10 they had moved away a bit but still hovering back and fourth in the Ipswich area wondered if a light show in area but no beam from ground . like colin very strange .

  4. Hi Colin,
    I was in Otley last week, staying in a cottage on the Church Road. On the 12th., a power line had been blown down and across the road. The police blocked the road for the afternoon as it was a live cable! The electricity company then turned up at 9 pm to fix it (and turned the power off in three surrounding properties).
    The three workers all wore helmets with VERY powerful lights on them, and were all looking largely at the same place – therefore the lights were meeting in a triangular pattern – but moving with the workers’ head movements. They worked in two cherry pickers and on the ground. At 21:45 they were finished and played glow-in-the-dark frisbee for a while to celebrate!

    Could any of this be what you saw?
    Cheers,
    Dempster.

  5. Lasers perhaps!

  6. Not far from Rendlesham too.

  7. Everyone should take this sighting into account, as it’s a great example. I wasn’t there, and suggested lasers, as did reality; Paul wasn’t there, and suggested searchlights; Dempster was there, and tells us all what this obviously was and, to all intents and purposes, three workmen repairing a powerline is an unusual occurence! However, it’s also an example of how a simple, explainable sighting can be derailed by the desires of those who are dead set on giving everything an ‘alien’ bent: T Wood, as always, jumps in with:

    “Not far from Rendlesham too.”

    Rather than thinking ‘what earthly occurrence would cause this’ he (or she?) immediately ‘joins the dots’ with a famous name in UFO-lore (a good few miles away) and, therefore, muddies the waters, so to speak. Less aware readers may be inclined to follow this route, whereas it is clearly of no relevance. Sorry for being pompous.

  8. Good try, T. However, Rendlesham’s credentials are dubious at best.

  9. Hi we live in otley and just got home that night. We saw the lights it was on a saturday night.. The same night they had the world finals banger racing event at foxhall raceway. The lights were from there. They were lazers hope this helps

  10. Hi Steve T,

    With reference your comment, ‘Everyone should take this sighting into account, as it’s a great example……& ‘Dempster was there, and tells us all what this obviously was and, to all intents and purposes, three workmen repairing a power line is an unusual occurrence…….’, now Kev’s commented that they were ‘lasers’ from the ‘banger racing’! ha, ha, I love it, both Kev & Dempster’s
    time & date are correct, so, are both correct in there report?, because Colin only reports observing one set of lights.

    Regarding Dempster’s report that these electricity workers are supplied with helmet torches that are so ‘POWERFULL’ (Demspter’s capitals), that these three workers were able to ‘choreograph’ a ‘triangular formation (so that) each light was able to change its position very quickly though keeping to the triangular formation but in different positions’, are we really expected to believe that these workers can accomplish this from a mere ‘helmet torch’!, not to mention the fact that Colin felt perturbed enough to ‘leave the area’ after viewing this ‘light show’ for ten minutes!, someone is being a little economical with the truth here!.

    Then we have Judi’s comment, ‘I to saw exactly as Colin has said the lights in Suffolk, I was house sitting in Bruisyard Nr Framlingham and took the dog out at about 8pm and again at 10 they had moved away a bit but still hovering back and fourth in the Ipswich area wondered if a light show in area but no beam from ground. like Colin very strange’.

    I find it interesting that Judi mentions the beam wasn’t ‘from the ground’, yet that’s transposed to mean it ‘did come from the ground’ to fit a ‘theory’, ‘that those who are dead set on giving everything an ‘alien’ bent’.

    A with the greatest respect Steve, this is incorrect, we are after
    nothing more than the truth, it’s a million miles from the truth
    to suggest that those of us don’t go with the ‘Status quo’ are somehow misguided & incapable of any rationale, independent thought, all human have an inbuilt desire for the ‘truth’, & will always question ‘facts’ (with an entirely open mind) laid before them to allow an individual the right to either agree or disagree with those alleged ‘facts’.

  11. Chris,

    You would make a terrible jury member, my friend! Given that both explanations – the workmen and the Banger racing – are much more likely than an alien visitation, and both are verified by witnesses, the chances are one is the explanation. We need the original poster to give us an idea of where they were, and what direction they were looking. Of course you have a right to question ‘facts’ but in this case two very likely explanations have been given, and you seem hell-bent on ignoring them; yes, we all have an inbuilt desire for the truth, but it doesn’t have to be fantastical – sometimes, in fact most of the time, it can be downright dull. In a way, and with respect, you are misguided, as you are constantly on the lookout for an irrational explanation while dismissing the rational. Here’s the lowdown on this: there were lasers at the banger racing, and there were workmen with helmet lights, in the immediate vicinity, around the tome given. Those are the facts. Furthermore, the main premise of my first post was aimed at T Wood jumping on the bandwagon, by drawing a line on a map and going ‘Ooh, Rendlesham!’ which is utterly ridiculous.

  12. Hi Steve T,

    If I had been in the dock accused of some crime, you’d have me hung, drawn & quartered long ago ;-).

    Not really worth commenting on this any further unless Colin comes back to add any further info.

  13. Chris,

    “If I had been in the dock accused of some crime, you’d have me hung, drawn & quartered long ago ”

    Only if I took the incredible, rather than the credible, as evidence, and routinely ignored facts!

  14. I just phoned Spedeworth Motorsports, who organise the Banger racing at Foxhall Stadium on the outskirts of Ipswich, and they confirmed there were spotlights in use on the night of 12 October 2013 as reported by Kev. Otley is about 6 to 7 miles from Foxhall, so this could well be the explanation, depending on the angle the lights were being projected at. If the lights were projected vertically from Foxhall they would however not appear north east of Otley, assuming Colin’s estimate of the direction was correct, because Foxhall is almost due south of Otley. Judi in Bruisyard confirms that lights were visible in the Ipswich area as well as Kev in Otley, so it raises the possibility that either Colin may be mistaken regarding the direction of the light, or he saw something else, possibly the electricity workers mentioned by Dempster. We won’t know for sure unless Colin comes back to give a bit more detail.

    Chris wrote “I find it interesting that Judi mentions the beam wasn’t ‘from the ground’,”

    Sorry Chris, but what Judi actually said was “…wondered if a light show in area but no beam from ground”. In other words, she didn’t SEE a beam from the ground, but was prepared to accept it could have been a light show. A beam of light is not always visible at night if the air is clear. You only see the beam if there is something in the air to reflect or refract it, such as smoke, dust or water droplets, therefore it is perfectly possible to see the light striking a cloud, without seeing the beam, if the air is clear. Watching video footage of the race meeting on YouTube the weather appeared to be dry, and none of the comments mention rain or mist, but maybe someone could confirm that.

    Slightly off topic, I know, but I really wish we could all get away from the personal sniping and arguing that goes on here. Nobody is perfect, and I admit I have done it myself, but it doesn’t get us anywhere and just muddies the water so we miss the point of the reports. It is possible to point out errors or give alternative views in a polite way, which is far more likely to get the message across than bickering. At the end of the day we’re all interested in the same subject, even if some of us are less easily convinced than others.

  15. Hi GrumpyOldBob,

    Well done on getting some more useful info!, but unless Colin is able to confirm that what he saw was in the north east part of the sky, I’m not wasting any more time on this one!.

    Totally agree with your comments regarding the ‘bickering’, I’m not holding my breath on a sea change though!.

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