A REMARKABLE new book explores the mysterious world of UFO sightings in Scotland and tells in full detail the country’s first reported case of alien abduction.
Author and investigator Malcolm Robinson probed the incident which took place as friends Garry Wood and Colin Wright, now 46 and 42, were driving to the village of Tarbrax, West Lothian 17 years ago.
Their journey was supposed to take 30 minutes. When they reached their destination, they were an hour and a half late and could not account for the time.
They later recalled, in amazing detail under hypnosis, how a space ship hovered in front of them before they were beamed on board the craft, stripped and examined by strange creatures before being beamed back to earth.
The men have never changed their stories and even passed a lie detector test on TV. Their experiences are now referred to as the ‘A70 Incident’.
Malcolm, founder of Strange Phenomena Investigations and an acknowledged UFO expert, carried out an inquiry into their claims, which had a massive impact on him.
After the case emerged he stated: “I was an ardent sceptic. I really didn’t think there was any validity to these tales of machines flying about the Scottish skies. But once you physically get involved in investigating these subjects, then you come off the fence. After a few years of investigation, there’s enough substantial data to validate the people that have been saying these things.”
The A70 Incident forms a major section of Malcolm’s new book UFO Case Files of Scotland, which analyses various sightings across Scotland in recent years. He’s now helping film producers who plan to turn the story into a movie. Malcolm and the two men are contracted to the film-makers and are not permitted to speak in public about the A70 Incident. When their story is told on the big screen the world will astounded by the events of that night in 1992.
Almost all UFO reports have natural identifiable explanations – as many as 95 per cent. That leaves only a small five per cent of unidentified cases.
Malcolm Robinson set up Strange Phenomena Investigations (SPI) to research UFOs and the paranormal in the Seventies, but it wasn’t until the Nineties that his hardened scepticism was broken.
It was August 17, 1992, just after 11.30pm, when Garry Wood and his friend Colin Wright left Edinburgh, heading to a friend’s house in Tarbrax to drop off a satellite system.
Garry’s car was travelling at 40mph and there was little traffic about.
The car had just passed Harperrig Reservoir when Colin and Garry saw a two-tiered discshaped object hovering 20ft above the road – and it definitely wasn’t an aircraft or helicopter.
Both were scared and ambulance repair man Garry put his foot down and screamed under the object, using his elbow to lock the doors.
The object emitted a silver, shimmering mist and as it touched the car, both men were enveloped in total darkness.
What seemed to be second later, the pair regained their sight. Garry, still driving like a madman, was fighting hard to control the car but managed to regain his composure.
Reaching their destination, Garry recalls frantically banging on the door. His concerned friend answered wondering where the two of them had been as they were 90 minutes late.
They described their experience and asked for pens and paper to draw what they had seen.
They left to return to Edinburgh, taking a different route home, but Garry had the feeling something else had happened.
Soon after the encounter, he was bothered by strange dreams, he developed severe headaches and even had a CAT scan – but nothing unusual was found.
He began to think perhaps it was a UFO, but didn’t want to accept that possibility. After all, he had no interest in such tales and Colin certainly didn’t believe in such things.
Garry visited his library in the hope of finding UFO literature. He came across details for Strange Phenomena Investigations and decided to contact its founder Malcolm Robinson.
Robinson listened intently and knew something very strange had occurred to both men – head and shoulders above the usual close encounter experience.
A meeting was arranged and Robinson invited Garry and Colin to his home.
Robinson said: ” I have never met such honest and sincere individuals. One could see the trauma they had suffered and were still suffering. It sent shivers down my spine. I believed in them.”
Helen Walters, a qualified hypnotherapist and psychic, was called in to help get to the bottom of the mystery through hypnotic regression.
During his first session, Garry burst into tears and was distraught, but Colin remained calm.