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In The 1960s The ‘Warminster Thing’ And UFOs Terrorised Wiltshire

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IN 1967, flying saucers were spotted in Chippenham, Wiltshire.

On Christmas Day, 1964, Arthur Shuttlewood reported in his book The Warminster Mystery:

“The air was brazenly filled with a menacing soundSudden vibrations came overhead, chilling in intensity. They tore the quiet atmosphere to raucous rags and descended upon her savagely. Shockwaves pounded at her head, neck and shoulders.”

What was going on in the English countryside?

 

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An expert was summoned.

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Engineer Reg Willard (left) chips away with a chisel as he dissects the bleep mechansim of the mystery object found at Clevedon, Somerset, by a schoolboy. Helping him is Aubrey Willcocks, who was called in by the local police. Looking on is Sergeant John Durston. The object was one of five strange objects, all resembling flying saucers and emitting noises, found in different parts of the country. Inside the object Mr Willard found two Exide batteries, a British made transmitter and a loudspeaker.

 

What could it mean?

 

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Engineer Michael J Willcocks applies the taste test to the liquid found in the mystery object found at Clevedon, Somerset, by a schoolboy. The liquid was later identified as pig swill. The object was one of five strange objects, all resembling flying saucers and emitting noises, found in different parts of the country.

 

 

Was it alien work?

 

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Royal Aircraft Establishment apprentices Chris Southall, right, and Tony Bedingfield, with one of the moulds they used to produce the fibre-glass bleeping “flying saucers” found at different points in southern England. They were produced by six apprentices as part of a ‘Rag Week’ hoax.

 

It was all a hoax. But it was fertile ground. In 1964, a UFO had been spotted over Warminster, Wiltshire. It was “The Thing” (via WARMINSTER-UFO):

 

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The BBC investigated.

 

 

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