A MASKED man spotted spying through folks’s windows has sparked fears the ‘Gimp Man’ has returned.
The latex-wearing creep terrorised two sleepy Somerset villages in 2019 earlier than disappearing – however locals fear he is again.
Residents in Yatton and Claverham had been scared to go away their houses after darkish in 2019 after a person carrying a latex gimp go well with repeatedly jumped out at folks.
And fears have returned after a pair watching TV observed a masked man mendacity of their backyard observing them through the French doorways.
Police are investigating and mentioned officers haven’t dominated out a connection to earlier sightings of the masked man – recognized regionally as ‘Gimp Man’.
Avon and Somerset police advised the BBC patrols had been elevated within the Claverham space because the September 1 sighting.
Officers mentioned they had been holding an open thoughts as as to if the brand new and previous sightings had been linked.
Writing on-line, a girl who mentioned she spotted the person – in a “ski-type” masks – earlier this month appealed for doorbell or CCTV footage.
She mentioned: “A man in some kind of mask was lying on the floor watching us through our French doors.”
She mentioned the person “legged it” when her husband chased him.
Since November 2018, there have been round 15 reports of an individual wearing disguises approaching folks at evening within the village.
Following a police search in 2019, utilizing helicopters and sniffer canine, two males, aged 28 and 34, had been arrested on suspicion of indecency offences.
However, resulting from inadequate proof they had been each later launched with out cost and no additional motion was taken in opposition to them.
Locals speculated it was the identical individual from incidents two years in the past.
One merely wrote on-line: “He’s back….”
Cops confirmed they had been known as to a home within the village of Claverham on September 1 at 12.15am however had been ‘unable to find the person’.
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The final reported incident was in July 2019 when an individual in a black latex bodysuit and masks touching his groin reportedly approached a younger lady on the streets.
Abi Conroy, then 23, advised of her horror at being chased and lunged at by the stranger “in a full black rubbery suit” with “stitching around the mouth and red eyes”.
She was capable of seize a photograph of the rubber-clad weirdo after he approached her whereas “grunting and breathing heavily”.
But the barber struggled to come back to phrases with the “scary” late-night encounter.