Published: 11:27 AM 6/1/2015
... caught a glimpse of a craft with a doomed roof rising into the sky.
As the sun sets on Ilkley Moor and casts a shadow over the landmark Doubler Stones above Silsden it’s easy to see why the area is awash with stories of the mystical and supernatural.
Back in 1987, the West Yorkshire moorlands made national news when a retired policeman claimed to have seen and photographed an alien rushing up the hill towards him.
For a while Philip Spencer was in much demand with ufologists keen to speak to him about his apparent brush with alien life-form.
Spencer was a more reliable witness than most. He had, he said, been walking across the moor to his father-in-law’s home when the incident occurred. A keen amateur photographer, he’d taken his camera in the hope of catching some images of the early morning light.
Unfortunately, a low fog had descended on the moors and he had resigned himself to being disappointed. However, as he used a compass to navigate through the fog, Spencer came across a strange looking being.
Immediately, he took out his camera, snapped a couple of pictures and as he did he claimed to have caught a glimpse of a craft with a doomed roof rising into the sky. There was more.
Believing the incident had lasted no more than a couple of minutes, Spencer continued in his walk. However, when he reached his destination, he found the village clock an hour ahead of time and those who believe in UFOs were convinced all the evidence pointed to an alien abduction.
More evidence came with the photographs Spencer took. Although slightly blurred, they appeared to show a 4 ft. alien creature.
Also see the UFO Casebook case file: The Ilkley Moor Alien, for more information and photographs.