Terrified villagers fear a gimp suit-clad weirdo is once again prowling the streets at night.
The horrifying figure was first spotted back in 2019 but could well be back on the scene.
A couple in the Somerset village of Claverham said they saw the masked man peering through their window in the early hours of the morning.
People living in the area have set up patrols to walk around the streets at night to try and get to the bottom of the creepy sightings.
One unnamed resident told the BBC: ‘I’ve got older children and even my kids are saying ‘it’s the gimp man again’. 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.’
The issue first came to the wider public’s attention in 2019 when a man dressed in a leather suit chased a woman at night.
Abi Conroy, then 23, said the stranger charged at her ‘grunting and breathing heavily’.
More people in the village and neighbouring Yatton came forward to say they’d seen the creepy figure before, claiming he had been spotted looming at windows or ‘engaging in inappropriate behaviour with animals’.
She managed to capture an image of him and later relived the terrifying experience in an interview with the Daily Mail: ‘If I could speak to him now I’d want to know why he does what he does.
‘Everything is running through my head, I’d want him to know just how scary it was.
‘I’d want him to know how it’s affected me and that just because I’m female doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be going for a walk on my own at night which is what some have been saying. It’s terrifying.’
Two men – aged 28 and 34 – were arrested but no charges were brought against them.
Somerset and Avon Police were called out shortly after midnight last Wednesday after the latest sighting but were unable to find the prowler.
In a statement, the force said: ‘We’ve increased patrols in the Claverham area following a report a man wearing a mask caused alarm and distress to a couple in the village when he stood outside their window in the middle of the night.’
Officers used a search dog but were ‘unable to locate the man and investigators are ‘keeping an open mind as to whether the report is linked to previous incidents’.
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