The Close Encounter Investigated by the Police


sighting in woods near Livingston made headlines around the world 40 years ago when
forestry worker Robert Taylor reported seeing an alien spaceship around the

Dechmont Woods incident is not the usual UFO sighting as it was investigated by
the police. The rips to the trousers of Mr Taylor were treated as evidence of
an assault, but the police could never figure out what had happened to him.

61-year-old described how he observed a 30ft-high dome-shaped UFO in his
testimony to the police. He said that he saw the mysterious object in a
clearing in the forest close to the West Lothian new town on November 9, 1979.

He revealed
how two-spiked spheres rolled out towards him. He also explained to the police
that he was aware of being grabbed on either side of his legs as he passed out.
He woke up in a tangled state 20 minutes later.

Mr Taylor,
who passed away in 2007, was a teetotal churchgoer and respected war hero.
Throughout the rest of his life, he never changed his UFO sighting story.

He told the
police that he came across the UFO in a clearing while working alone, checking
gates and fences at Dechmont Woods at 10:30.

objects rushed out towards him and tried to grab him, and all he could remember
was a strong smell of burning.

He then
went to his van shaken, drove it into a ditch, and hobbled home. When he
reached their house, he told his wife, Mary, he had been attacked by a
spaceship thing. The police were contacted, and officers found themselves
investigating an attack on a forester by extraterrestrials.

Scene of
the crime investigator Det Con Ian Wark said he observed mysterious marks on
the ground. He saw around 32 holes, which were about 3.5 inches in diameter. He
also spotted marks similar to those created by the type of caterpillar tracks
usually fitted on bulldozers.

The officer
checked Mr Taylor’s employer Livingston Development Corporation to know if
there was a machinery that could make such marks but did not find anything to

The police
officer said the strange marks on the ground were only to be seen in the
clearing where Mr Taylor had experienced his reported close encounter.

Det Con
Wark explained that these marks just arrived as they did not come from anywhere
or go anywhere. The police officer added that these marks just arrived as
though a helicopter or something had landed from above.

to the police report, the marks on the ground indicated that a large object
weighing several tons had stood there but no indication it had been driven or
towed away.

The ripped
trousers of Mr Taylor were sent for forensic examination, and the analysis
revealed the trousers appeared to have been damaged by something hooking them
and moving up. It is important to note though that modern DNA techniques were
not yet available in a forensic exam that time.

Forty years
had passed, and the incident remains a mystery.

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