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Residents Fear Man In Gimp Suit Who Terrorised Village Has Returned

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Residents Fear Man In Gimp Suit Who Terrorised Village Has Returned

Residents in a UK village fear a man in a gimp suit who terrorised the area might have returned.

The unsettling news comes after a masked man was spotted spying on a couple through their window in Claverham, Somerset, shortly after midnight on 1 September - but officers were unable to locate him.

The sighting has sparked fresh concern that the 'gimp man' might have returned.

Prior to the latest incident, police received 14 reports of a man approaching people while wearing disguises.

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Officers are trying to establish whether this fresh encounter could be linked to those before it.

Locals fear 'the gimp man' may have returned. Credit: Handout
Locals fear 'the gimp man' may have returned. Credit: Handout

What's for certain is that the sighting has spooked locals.

One woman, who asked not to be named, told the BBC: "I've got older children and even my kids are saying 'it's the gimp man again'.

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"They're really freaked out by it.

"But it could be anyone and I want to come from a practical point of view and do something to help people feel safer.

"I'm not too bothered to walk around on my own but it freaks my children out and I want them to feel safer."

The so-called gimp man was last spotted in July 2019, when he charged at 25-year-old, Abi.

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Recounting her experience, she said to the BBC: "I would never forgive myself if this happened to someone else and I hadn't said anything.

"I was walking along with my torch and looked up to see someone charging at me in a full black rubbery suit and managed to take a picture. He kept coming towards me and was touching his groin, grunting and breathing heavy.

"As I tried to take a step back he was right in front of my face and he put his leg forward. I was just trying to assess the situation in my head quickly.

"Everything was running through my head. I thought: 'This is it, I'm going to get attacked'. I was looking around thinking, 'Oh my God'."

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Police patrols have been increased in the area. Credit: Pixabay/ShepherdMedia
Police patrols have been increased in the area. Credit: Pixabay/ShepherdMedia

Police subsequently arrested two men, aged 28 and 34, on suspicion of indecency; however, they were released with no further action due to insufficient evidence.

Upon hearing about the latest sighting, Abi said: "My heart felt like I was running a marathon, [there was] an instant feeling of panic, anxiety and anger again which took me over a year of private counselling and medications to control.

"If I'm not worrying at home, I'm worrying at work because my wife's at home and so are many other women."

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Police told the BBC patrols have been increased in the area.

Featured Image Credit: Handout

Topics: UK News, crime, Weird

Jake Massey
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