One of the most famous UFO incidents that took place in Britain over 30 years ago in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk has got a new witness who is ready to talk. Steve Lugero was told to keep his mouth shut by his superiors back in the time. But now the retired U.S. Airforce police officer has gone on the record for the first time and said: “I think it was something not from this world.”
The incident took place over three nights between 26-28 December, 1980. Military personnel from nearby RAF Bentwaters and RAF Woodbridge, including the deputy base commander, witnessed strange lights in the forest and hovering above the twin NATO airbases which were on high alert as the Cold War was at its peak.
At the time Steve used to serve as a police sergeant in the USAF, and was securing the weapons storage area when the alarms suddenly started to go off. He said:“ While on duty that night, we had a very sophisticated alarm system and everything just went off. And then I could see these lights over the treetops, and I was thinking, what’s going on? Then they started sending people out there and at first it was hard to believe, all these bright lights. It was hard to take in. Well from what I remember the lights, fluorescent lights, kind of a glow, like a reddish glow. I remember going out there.”
The spot where the UFO incident took place has become so popular that there is even a special UFO trail sign installed to attract tourists.
Steve went out into forest where he saw a large group of military personnel and this is what he said about UFO: “They looked like fluorescent coloured lights, like red and green, glowing lights and that’s what they looked like. I could see them hovering over the treetops like an eye that was almost following everybody.”
He added:” It was real kind of quiet and this thing hovering over the trees, and you were like kind of tracking it and like what is this?” And it was like following, it was like watching us.
“From what I remember it was like aglow, it was really glowing like a reddish, greenish light. It was really glowing, like something was really hot and it was just glowing.”
Rubbishing theories that the lights in the woods were caused by a lighthouse on the east coast, he laughed: “I don’t think so. Not unless the lighthouse could move. Unless they could float that thing in the air.
“And then, as people were getting close to this thing it kind of came nearer to us and then it would go forward and then go back and all of a sudden it just disappeared, like something out of Star Trek, it was like warp speed and we were all ‘what was that?’ it was gone and then that’s when they started doing all their investigations. After we secured the area they said okay, you’re gone, get out of here.”
Steve said he was debriefed a few days later and was told not to talk about what he saw as the base had nuclear weapons on site.
UFO investigator Philip Mantle, who interviewed Steve for Outer Limits Magazine, said: “Steve does not claim to be anything special but he wanted to emphasise that there were a lot of others involved who were witness to the events in question, many of whom have yet to add their voice to these events.
“Steve has confirmed the open secret that nuclear weapons were stored at RAF Bentwaters at the time although he did not personally witness any lights being shone onto the WSA.
“He has confirmed much of what Colonel Halt has already said on the record and he is in no doubt that Larry Warren was there.
“What is clear is that despite the best efforts of some this case will continue to be hotly debated for many years to come.”