Police Officer for 25 years,
Tony Dodd (1935 - 2009) had his first close encounter
with a UFO in 1978 while on patrol with another officer.
He had many subsequent encounters over North Yorkshire
Moors, leading him to become an investigator into the
many years, he was head of investigations
for Quest International,
which became UFO Magazine
(U.K.) for which he produced many fine case studies and
had made a great contribution to the whole UFO business
with his own investigations, magazine articles and most
of all, his popular lectures and talks at Conferences
and meeting platforms all over the world. He
had given lectures in many countries including
Germany, Holland, Denmark and many British Cities.
specialised in Alien Abduction
Animal/Human mutilations and interaction of aliens with
certain military authorities.
was so well-liked and respected by everybody for his patience
and humility and willingness to talk at length to anybody
on UFO topics. He doggedly stuck to finding and reporting
the truth of the reality of extraterrestrial presence,
even at the expense of seriously damaging his police career
the past years, he shared many private phone chats with
his friends, pondering the meaning of it all and debating
the various risks and rights and wrongs of "blowing
the lid off" aspects of the UFO business!!!!
Certain mind blowing dreadful evidence, that he knew the
authorities were desperate to 'keep the lid on', had come
his way from particular official sources, had concerned
him, but Tony's loyalty to his Country and the certain
'Authorities' prevailed! ''Blowing
the lid off" was a favourite line of Tony's,
which his friends chuckled about many a time! He and his
wife Pauline had put up with threats from the Authorities
from time to time, mainly in the U.S.A., but he carried
on doing what he was meant to do, exercising constraint
and responsibility! Perhaps 25 years of exemplary service
with the rank of sergeant in the West and North Yorkshire
Police Forces had something to do with his loyal attitude?!
content and title of his marvellous book, ALIEN
INVESTIGATOR - The case Files of Britain's Leading UFO
Detective published in 1999, perhaps says it
all about Tony as a person and a wonderful friend the
world has lost.
sad news of Tony's peaceful passing came just about midnight,
March 25th. He had been looked after at home by his wife,
Pauline and his family, coupled with professional nursing
care, since last August when he was diagnosed with a terminal
brain tumour. He will be greatly missed.
- Tony was one of two police officers who witnessed a
UFO at close quarters.
is his story thanks to:
incident occurred on the frosty winter morning of December
12, 1978, not far from Skipton in North Yorkshire. At
4:30 a.m., a lonely police patrol car was driving on a
remote country road along the Cononley Moor. In the car
were Sgt. Anthony Dodd and Constable Alan Dale, who operated
the radio. It was very dark and the road was lit only
by the headlights of the car, the silence broken only
by the noise of the motor and the occasional messages
over the radio. Dodd loved that kind of mysterious stillness
in the middle of a bare and unspoiled countryside, with
dark houses snuggling up against the low hills as if seeking
shelter from the cold winds, and the stone walls that
divided the meadows from time immemorial.
was the land of sagas and legends, of witches and elves,
spirits and wills-o'-the-wisp, which lured unfortunate
wanderers in the moor towards inescapable death. There
was a magic in the air which, even thousands of years
ago, the ancestors of the Celts must have been aware of,
as is shown oy the mighty sacrificial altar stones in
the middle of the moor.
a loud static noise, hissing and rustling, tore Sgt. Dodd
out of his reverie. They were just then driving into a
curve when, to the right, a bright white light seemed
to be diving towards them in a glide. They thought it
was a burning airplane so they drove to the side and stopped
the car to see what was happening and where it would land,
in case help was required. It was, however, no airplane
but a big shining disc which flew over their heads at
a speed of about 40 mph. At its closest, it was hardly
100 feet away from them, so that they could see a number
I interviewed Dodd in 1991 for my documentary film UFOs:
The Secret Evidence, he explained, "It
had a dome with ports all around it. The bottom was surrounded
by colored lights like neon lights in blue, red, green
and white which blinked in a sequence as if they were
rotating, and in the middle there were three spheres or
hemispheres. It was a huge thing, about 100 feet in diameter,
and it made no noise whatsoever. What fascinated me even
more was that the object was enveloped in a kind of halo
which made its entire metallic structure glow white. It
flew slowly over our heads and seemed to land at a place
behind a group of trees. But we couldn 't see or check
that out because at that point it was too far away and
in the middle of the moor." "What on Earth was
that?" asked Constable Dale breaking the silence,
brought back to reality by the penetrating cold. Sgt.
Dodd's answer came minutes after that.
don't know, but it was wonderful."
that day onwards, Dodd started collecting all the information
about UFOs that he could get, including, of course, the
book Flying Saucers Have Landed
by Desmond Leslie and George Adamski. His personal encounter
with a saucer that resembled Adamski's saucer like a twin
had convinced Dodd that Adamski must indeed have had an
encounter with a UFO. Since retiring in 1988, Dodd has
dedicated himself fully to his "cosmic hobby"
as he calls it, and is today one of Britain's leading