September 2012: UFO witness - Neil-Michael Brown claims to have seen a terrifying vision in the skies over Boston. Below: Neil s sketch of what he saw.
Neil-Michael Brown, 34, of Nottinghamshire, was visiting the town after staying with a friend in Old Leake when he saw ‘carriage-shaped vessels in the sky’.
Speaking to The Standard he said: “I don’t believe in aliens, and I wasn’t on drugs but what I saw was certainly out of this world. Even when I think about it now, it disturbs me.”
Describing what he said: “I was walking along by the garage near Matalan at about 11.30pm on Friday night and something caught my eye in the sky, going from right to left."“At first I thought it was one of those Japanese lanterns but then I saw something else materialise.”
“The clouds came away from it and revealed what I can only describe as a train carriage with fire coming off it.”
Mr Brown said it was heading towards the direction of the 700-year-old Stump church – and moving so fast it almost looked like a fireball.He said: “It looked like there were two train carriages attached, with one pulling the other in a slightly upwards trajectory.”“Behind the second carriage was what looked like a flaming kite tail with sparks coming off it, and I could see these falling to the ground and then going out. It looked like there was smoke with the trail too.”“It was absolutely unbelievable.”“I couldn’t see any windows or anything like that but it appeared as though there were seams to the object that were glowing red hot.”
Mr Brown brushed off suggestions it could have been the meteorite spotted in other more northern parts of Lincolnshire around the same time.“There’s no way it could have been a meteorite as it was going up if anything, not down,” he said.“I banged on the window of the garage forecourt to try and get the man to look at it as well, but he must have thought I was going to rob him as he didn’t come out.”
Mr Brown claims the sighting gave him an ominous feeling of doom and added: “I’m very concerned about what I saw. It was scary. To me, and I know it’s going to soound crazy, but it looked like a prison van with a train full of prisoners being dragged to Hell.
Mr Brown, of Keyworth, said the only other time he has experienced something ‘other-worldly’ was when he had a near-death experience following an road accident.
He said: “When I was 18 I was in a head-on crash with a lorry and was in a coma for some time. The doctors said I might end up like a cabbage.”
During the time he was in a coma, Mr Brown said he had a vision of a tunnel where he was then faced with the choice of entering two doors – one with light behind it, the other darkness.
“I went towards the one with the light, but heard a voice saying ‘that’s the wrong one’ – so I went through the dark one and then woke up in the hospital bed,” he said.
Verifying his Mr Brown’s character, his long-term friend Nathan Hodgson, of Old Leake, told The Standard: “I’ve known him for years and he is nobody to just make up a story like this. For him to be this freaked out and adamant about it, there must be something in it.”
Mr Brown added: “I know it sounds like a mad claim to make but I would take a lie-detector test over it if I could. I just want to know what’s going on.”