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Steve Hammons writes about Remote ViewingSam Willey is a young UFOlogist who wants to show that people of all ages can share a serious interest in UFOs. His research began in 2003 when he and two friends witnessed a Triangular shaped UFO. After two years of research Sam created a website known as Sam's UFO Files. He expanded the site back in late 2005 and it became Sam is also an active contributor to UFO Magazine, and UFODIGEST were he writes columns and voices his opinions on UFO's. You can also find Sam over at the forum were he is a regular contributor and staff member. Contact Sam willey by email.

The High Bentham Incident
by Sam Willey

Posted: 00:02 January 1, 2007

On Sunday the 16th of January 2005 at around 5pm, four members of the Deverow family were eating at the Little Chef restaurant on the A65 road near Ingleton, North Yorkshire. They had enjoyed a family day out and would be making the journey back home to their moorland farmhouse a couple of miles south of High Bentham on the boarder between Lancashire and North Yorkshire. The family members were Anne, her daughter Rachel and Rachel's two sons Alex and Benjamin aged nine and eleven. The family finished their meal and drove north on the A65 towards Ingleton. Rachel was the driver of the car, her eldest son Alex was in the passenger seat and her mother Anne, together with youngest son Benjamin sat in the back. At the time the route they took was hazy but the boys commented on how the row of terraced cottages with chimneys stood out against the sky. The terraced cottages are located on a land off the A65 which leads south to High Bentham because of this detail it is probably safe to assume that this is the route they took that evening.

As the journey progressed all four family members became well aware of a bright white light in the sky to their left. They later described the object as being about the size of a car headlight and being so bright that the moon when compared to it appeared yellow in colour. The object then moved across the sky and became visible through the windscreen Anne recalled the object going upwards and then hovering right above the car. At this point the light accelerated downwards at an amazing speed. It was so fast that the family braced for impact but it never occurred. Instead of a crash the object gained altitude and sped away over the Forest of Bowland hills. While the object was in view nobody in the car spoke the only time anybody commented on the strange object was after the object had disappeared from view. The next thing they remembered was driving into the village of High Bentham.

The next morning Anne got in touch with BBC Radio Lancashire and described the bizarre event on air. During the morning other witnesses phoned into the radio station and suggested that the object had gone south from High Bentham over the Forest of Bowland towards Clitheroe.

The case came to the attention of UFO researcher Joe McGonagle who passed the information onto LAPIS (Lancashire Anomalous Phenomena Investigation Society) a UFO group based in Blackpool, England a group which has been operating since 1989. Six days after the event LAPIS got in touch with the witnesses in the first phone conversation the group conducted Anne described the object as "beautiful" and "compelling" and wanted to find an explanation for the event. Plans were made for LAPIS members to visit the family the following weekend. A couple of days before the planned visit Anne, Rachel and Alex decided to re-drive the route they took to find the spot where the sighting had occurred. While driving the route the family noticed a couple of discrepancies as they re-drove the route they had took. The first was that the journey only took them nine minutes whereas on the night of the incident it had taken them much longer they did not realize this until they re-drove the route. LAPIS believes the family experiences twenty minutes of missing time. The second discrepancy was that "the road was wrong". The assumed route had taken them down a winding narrow road surrounded by walls and hedges while they knew the sighting had occurred on a straight wide road that was "high up" and had a white line down the middle of it.

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