'Smurf' victim tells of fear after series of bizarre incidents
POLICE are hunting for a man "who looks like a smurf" responsible for a series of bizarre incidents around May Hill.
Several women have been approached by a man wearing a skintight blue all-in-one "morphsuit", who has then run off into woodland. His face was also painted blue.
In one incident, the man followed a lone woman, waving and performing star jumps, as she walked down from the top of May Hill.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: "I know it sounds funny but it was genuinely scary. He followed me some distance and it's really scared and unnerved a lot of people around here.
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"Women, in particular, do not want to go to May Hill on their own at the moment."
That incident happened on May 20 and two similar reports were made to police last Saturday, June 2.
One was from a female horse rider who glimpsed a man in a blue hood hiding behind bushes at about 10.30am. He then ran off into woodland. Half an hour earlier, a man reported his girlfriend had been approached by the blue man, who again ran off. The caller described him as "looking like a smurf".
Since launching an appeal for more information, another report has come in to police of something similar happening in March. All the incidents so far have happened at weekends.
The "smurf" is between 5ft 10ins and 6ft and has a slim to medium build.
Police inspector Richard Boyles said: "These are undeniably bizarre incidents but they have unsettled and frightened a number of women. He has caused real concern and it is important we establish his motives."