Thursday, 23 July 2009

Road Block Theory

If and when a Road Block becomes necessary, I would have thought the primary factor to consider would firstly be the traffic flow. Which would obviously be cause for concern, therefore it would be logical in the first instance to create a diversion at the junction of the Road either end, informing of the Road closure, keeping any disruption to a minimum by the use of diversion signs.

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.


  1. I wonder if D notices are available through FOI requests.

  2. Hi Ian, I'm not sure whether "D" Notices are communicated in hard copy (written format) since they are more of an informal agreement between the Government and the Media, whereby the Government agrees to share information with Media Services, likewise the Government can request that the Media show responsible journalism in the interests of the Nation by not publishing a particular story if so requested.
    My understanding is its not enforce-able by law but general adhered to by all the major media services. By its very nature because its informal and more than likely communicated verbally I would have thought no record would therefore exist that in itself makes it ideally suited to all things secret, providing of course everbody plays ball, which I'm sure they do.

  3. Have made a rerquest to the secretary with regard to D-notices. Will wait to see what he has to say.

  4. Dear Mr Anderson,

    Thank you for your enquiry about historical 'd-notices'. The files of the
    Defence Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee hold all of the historical
    record of the 'd-notices' issued and the policies on which they were based.
    Most of these can be found in the Public Record Office at Kew. As you know the
    30-year rule is applied to certain Government files (and although the DPBAC is
    an independent body the files of its Secretariat fall into this category).
    However, I do not know whether any of our files have been withheld from the
    public under this and related rules.

    In the nineteen sixties and seventies the subject areas covered by D-Notice
    guidance was set out in an official book, protected by a security classification
    of 'Confidential'. However, this book contained only general guidance which
    would then have to be applied by the serving D-Notice Secretary to individual
    cases. If any specific D-Notice advice was issued by the then Secretary about
    the alleged crash at Penkridge, it might be recorded in the files as a letter to
    editors or as one or more notes of action. However, the judgement on whether or
    not to maintain a log of D/DA-Notice advice given on specific cases has always
    been left to the Secretary of the day, and hence there is no guarantee that,
    even if advice was offered, it will be recorded in the files.

    Your best bet is to spend a day or two at Kew ploughing through the files to see
    if they reveal anything.


    Andrew Vallance
    Air Vice-Marshal
    Secretary, Defence Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee

  5. Hi Ian, I've identified a number of Files within the Archives that might be of interest, relating to Staffordshire Police which now reside at Kew.
    The D-Notices would also be of interest. Although it would require some time spent down in London going through these files, which in all honesty needs to be done at some stage.
    Thanks for the Info.

  6. Which files are of interest? How did you identify them?