Gary Heseltine and inset Charles Holt.
Gary Heseltine, 56, a former detective constable involved in investigating the 7/7 terror strikes and major rail disasters, now wants to crack the case of the mysterious Rendlesham Forest UFO incident 36 years after the baffling events unfolded at the US Air Force occupied RAF Bentwaters at Rendlesham, near Woodbridge in Suffolk.He has called on defence secretary Michael Fallon to re-open the case after two former radar operatives came forward to claim they tracked an unidentified object at speeds of more than 50,000mph, at the time of the mysterious incident in December 1980.
In May Express.co.uk reported how the two former military technicians claimed a UFO WAS caught on radar and seen from the control tower of RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge as well as in Rendlesham Forest, near Woodbridge, in Suffolk.
The claims were made in a new documentary which tries to tie up evidence linking UFO and alien visitations with nuclear facilities on Earth.
The Rendlesham incident happened when three US officers based at RAF Bentwaters claimed a “triangular shaped craft” landed in neighbouring woods in the early hours of December 26 1980.
Retired Colonel Charles Halt, 76, who was base deputy commander at the time, claimed the officers who first saw the lights, and then a UFO “on the floor”, could not account for a 40 minute period while searching in the woods when their communication systems went “off air”.
The three officers – John Burroughs, Bud Steffens, and James Penniston, later told of feeling “static” as they observed the object’s flashing lights and hieroglyphic-like markings.
Mr Halt then said on the evening of December 27 1980 that officers had shouted: “It’s back, the UFO’s back.”
Gary Heseltine (left) with Charles Halt.
Mr Halt went to investigate with a team who found three 1.5 inch “impact holes,” damage to the canopies of trees and “higher radiation levels” in the “landing” area.A plaster cast was later taken of one of the holes, but mysteriously disappeared from a box it was stored in.
He said soon after they saw a mysterious object in a field between the woods and a farmhouse with “a red light moving.”
He said: “It came towards us into the forest, moving, bobbing up and down in the trees. It was oval, about 100 to 150 yards away, with a dark centre and red around it.”
He claimed there were “sparks” coming from it and after a minute it “exploded and disappeared.”
They then spotted objects in the sky, 3,000 to 4,000ft up.
The case was later investigated by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), but it concluded there was no evidence of alien visitations or any national security risk, and the sightings were most likely the result of beams of light from a nearby coastal lighthouse.
The new claims in the film appear to back up those made by Mr Holt last July when he appeared at a Rendlesham UFO conference, in Woodbridge, Suffolk, to mark the 35th anniversary of the sighting last July.
The new documentary says, at the time, RAF Bentwaters was the “largest American tactical nuclear bomb depot in Europe”.Jim Carey and Ike Barker were manning the control tower on the night and revealed their testimonies in the video for the first time, claiming a UFO was caught on radar, and that they saw it.
The MOD’s response is a classic case of dismissing any legitimate questions about UFOs and in particular those about the Rendlesham Forest incident.
Mr Carey described seeing an object on radar when Mr Halt
Mr Barker said: “It hovered momentarily, reversed its course, and went back out at a high rate of speed.”
Mr Heseltine says the MoD should re-open the investigation in light of the claims from the men who were never interviewed at the time.
He asked local MP Jason McCartney torch call on Mr Fallon to make a statement about the new testimonies.
But the MoD has responded saying it simply doesn’t investigate UFO cases anymore.
It is hoped newly declassified files that the MoD has sent to the National Archives, whic are awaiting public release, may shed light on the case.
An MoD spokesman said: “All historic MOD files relating to UFO sightings, including Rendlesham Forest, have either been released, or are in the process of being released to The National Archives.”
Mr Heseltine, who retired after 24 years with the police three years ago, and lives in Holmfirth, near Huddersfield, fears the documents won’t end a “36-year cover up”.
He said: “For them it is clear the Rendlesham Forest incident is a closed issue despite whatever new information arises.“The MOD’s response is a classic case of dismissing any legitimate questions about UFOs and in particular those about the Rendlesham Forest incident.
“How can it not be of defence significance that two radar controllers have come forward publically to say that they observed a UFO over the base, moving at fantastic speeds as well as being seen visually on the base radar?
“How can it be that people have confirmed that a UFO shone a beam down in the weapons storage area nuclear bunkers, that this act is not of acute defence significance? How can it be that the MOD are not interested when it is confirmed that there were ‘more nuclear weapons’ in the Bentwaters WSA than anywhere else in Europe?”
The MOD has been approached for comment.
Rendlesham was dubbed the British Roswell after the alleged 1947 crash of a flying saucer in the New Mexico desert.
The USAF released a statement saying a flying saucer was found, but retracted it stating it was a weather balloon the next day. The case remains unsolved.
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