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Tony Dodd

A 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 phenomenon.

For 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 investigations.

Tony 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 America, Iceland, Germany, Holland, Denmark and many British Cities.

He specialised in Alien Abduction Phenomenon, Animal/Human mutilations and interaction of aliens with certain military authorities.

He 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 prospects!

Over 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?!

The 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.

The 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.

1978 - Tony was one of two police officers who witnessed a UFO at close quarters.

Here is his story thanks to:

Source: Michael Hesemann

The 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.

It 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.

Suddenly, 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 of details.

When 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.

"I don't know, but it was wonderful."

From 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 UFO researchers.



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