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Pupils left terrified by man in pig mask.

Byline: JACK EVANS

POLICE are hunting a man who has terrorised children by jumping out on them wearing a pig mask.

Pupils from Chase School, Malvern, were left too frightened to walk to class after the suspect approached them in the street in the Barnards Green area of the town.

There were reports of children being targeted at two schools in the area, with the man jumping out in front of pupils.

The Chase School, Malvern, a secondary school with 1,500 pupils, wrote to parents urging them to report any incidents to police.

There were also reports of similar incidents outside Great Malvern Primary School, which has 345 pupils aged three to 11.

West Mercia Police confirmed no arrests had been made and said officers had stepped up patrols in the area.

Full-time mum Stacey Lee, 31, from Malvern, said her 11-year-old daughter Misha was too scared to walk to school.

She said: "Misha took a video when she was walking back from school on her own on November 27.

"I thought it might have been a one-off, but he was back outside the school yesterday. She sent the video to me on WhatsApp saying: 'There's a man in a pig hat.' "She had only just started walking to school and she's stopped now. We collected her because she's scared.

"Yesterday he was jumping in front of kids and throwing his arms out to scare them.

"I rang the police straight away but they weren't interested. They said: 'That sounds bizarre, just talk to the school about it.' "They didn't even ask which schools my children went to. I thought that was appalling."

Residents have also expressed their fears of Pig Man on social media and criticised the force for not acting sooner to protect the children.

It might harmless seriously young just Gemma Phillips said: "Someone needs to stop him! Very creepy behaviour. Police should be dealing with it not waiting. Ridiculous."

David Denny wrote: "Pig Man is the talk of all my daughter's friends. It might sound like a harmless prank but it is seriously frightening young girls and it's just wrong, creepy and weird."

Lynne Williams posted: "With all that's happened in recent days, I can't believe the police aren't interested in this! Bonkers beyond belief."

An email sent to Chase School parents on Wednesday said: "We and weird.

David Denny have been notified by several students and parents of a man acting strangely outside school yesterday.

"The man was wearing a full pig mask and approaching students on their way home.

"The police are aware and are dealing with this matter, they are also aware of a video circulating on social media and should you have any more concerns about this incident please contact the police in the first instance."

Sgt Christopher Day, of West Mercia Police, said: "We understand this will be very alarming to the local community and parents of those at the school.

"However, I would like to reassure you that a thorough investigation is under way to ensure that we identify the individual involved and to establish the motivation behind their actions.

"We have also increased our patrols in the local area. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact us on 101 quoting reference 422s 31119."

social the It might sound like a harmless prank but it is seriously frightening young girls and it's just wrong, creepy and weird. David Denny

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