UK UFO Cases : 1979 Bob Taylor Livingston Incident

1979 Dechmont Law Object seen by Bob Taylore

This is notable as it is the only recorded incident in which a UFO sighting has been the subject of a criminal investigation in the United Kingdom. It is a fascinating story that sounds like a script for an episode of the Twilight Zone and remains a true mystery to this day. On November 9, 1979, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bob Taylor, who was at the time working for the Livingston Development Corporation, parked his truck at the side of a road just off the M8 motorway with the intention of examining the progress of some saplings in the forest. Being unable to access the forest by truck, Taylor and his dog made their way into the forest on foot along one of the forest paths that lead up the side of Dechmont Law.

Entering a clearing approximately 500 meters away from his truck, Taylor saw what he described as a large, circular object, spheroid in shape and approximately twenty feet (six meters) in diameter hovering above the forest floor. The object had a narrow rim running along its circumference with stems topped with propellers and the surface of the object seemed to be constructed from a dark metallic material which appeared transparent in places. Taylor later described the surface of the object having rough texture similar to that of sandpaper and suggested that by having transparent areas on its surface, the object was attempting to camouflage itself with its surroundings.

Taylor began to approach the object and upon doing so two smaller spheres three feet in diameter, which looked to be made from the same material, appeared to drop from underneath the larger sphere and began to roll towards him. Taylor described the smaller spheres as having appendages, making them similar to sea mines in appearance. As the small objects moved towards him, Taylor described them as making a "plopping" noise as the appendages made contact with the ground. The small spheres manoeuvred around Taylor and by using their appendages, attached themselves to each side of his trousers, just underneath the pockets. Taylor said at this point, he heard a hissing noise coming from the small objects and he began to choke due to a strong acrid smell which he believes was being secreted by them. He described this smell as "burning brake linings" , an "acrid smell" which caused him to cough. By now, Taylor was aware he was being dragged by the smaller spheres along the ground towards the larger object. He eventually fell forwards onto his face and lost consciousness. Investigations later showed markings in the ground in the area.

Taylor later regained consciousness and upon doing so discovered the object had disappeared. He had trouble attempting to speak and could not get to his feet. He then crawled 100 meters along the ground and managed to stagger the rest of the distance back to where he had parked his truck. On reaching the truck he attempted to call for help on the truck's two way radio, but struggled due to his loss of voice. Taylor then attempted to get back home in the truck, but accidentally ditched it in soft earth while trying to drive. Due to his vehicle being stuck, Taylor walked the rest of the way back home. Other sources state the truck did not start and Taylor had to walk home from its parked location.

Taylor was always cited as being a man of good character, honest and reliable. He never asked for payment on reciting his version of events and up until his death at the age of 89 in 2007, still defended what he had seen on Dechmont Law.

Various theories have been put forward as explanations. One that it was "Black Ball Lightning". Something not clearly defined by science and does not explain why it would appear to attack Mr. Taylor.


Another theory is that Mr. Taylor ingested Belladonna and the incident was an illusion caused by this plant. The spacecraft sighted being a hallucination of one seen in Dr. Who in the weeks running up to the incident in the " City of Death" episode.

It is not impossible that he unknowingly came into contact with Belladonna .Dr. Who "City of Death" aired during an ITV strike in 1979. In the days of 3 channel TV it does make it more likely that Mr. Taylor may have been one of the 16.1m viewers who watched Dr. Who that night and stored the image of a spaceship in his subconscious memory. But can this rather bizarre theory explain everything in this story?


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