It would make no sense whatsoever to allow traffic to travel partly down a closed Road then force them to reverse their route. Even more so if the reason for the closure was to avoid unwanted attention and to keep away prying eyes.
In the case of Harold South's testimony, we assume an object had impacted in a field adjacent to the New Penkridge Road and whilst being relatively intact, lets assume for the sake of argument there is no debris from the fallen object scattered across the Road itself. Why is the Road Blocked, especially at a point along its route where motorists are still able to visibly ascertain a flat bed truck in a field with a crane and a heavy military presence in the background all behind the Police Road Block?
Thus creating, allegedly, the unwarranted attention of Harold South. Had the Police been unable to close off the junction(s) to the New Penkridge Road for whatever reason. Surely it would have been better to keep the traffic flowing (assuming their is no physical obstruction blocking the road), the motorists moving and hence their curiosity to an absolute minimum allowing nobody to stop along that particular stretch of the road.
If on the other hand, there was indeed Debris scattered across the road and leading up to the impact site itself the road would have had to have been cordoned off, but from a secrecy aspect it would have been far better to set any Road Blocks at the junction(s) to allow the retrieval operation unhindered (and unseen) access without having to deal with possible on lookers and traffic congestion which would surely result from such a relatively close Road Block.
From Harold South's description, the recovery operation appeared to be well underway taking place around mid-morning (10.00am) so the Roadblock(s) would have been well established.
Yet they're positioned so that the operation is well within sight of any motorists travelling along this road, instead of actually diverting the traffic away from the area. Why?
And all of this would have been happening on what might have been at the time private land, would the owners have been informed? As would nearby residents?
The Penkridge Incident raises many baffling and inexplicable questions. Undoubtedly an ariel search of the area to pin point the crash location would have been required to facilitate a quick recovery, if S M Brannigan's testimony is also to be believed? Were the local emergency services alerted along with the Police? How long had the downed object been on the ground before the arrival of the Authorities? Why are they're no witness reports of the object descending like in the Kecksburg Incident? The Cosford Incident the year before had appeared in the media creating attention yet there is not one iota of press coverage relating to the Penkridge Incident, were the local press subject to "D" Notices? Harold South had said initially he told no one of his encounter with the Road Block and did not return to the area for two weeks, yet he maintained that at the motorcycle club night at Hednesford there were rumors circulating about UFO activity in the area along with a crashed UFO; RAF personnel from Melksham were also believed to be residing temporary at the Red, White and Blue Public House at Featherstone.
Its all very intriguing, but additional corroboration is further required to elevate this story from the realms of virtual obscurity and to establish whether their is indeed a factual basis, not only to Harold South's testimony but that of the original custodian; Leonard Stringfield.