A 16-year-old boy has been spoken to by police in the presence of his mum after following a woman through the streets of Ringwood wearing a Guy Fawkes mask.
Yesterday, the woman told the Echo of her terror as the masked teenager followed her home - even after she had told him he was scaring her.Hmmm. Is she being a bit over sensitive? Well, maybe.
But maybe not.
“I have never had any incidences before and this one has truly petrified me,” she said.
“This was not a group of young lads on the corner drinking and trying to impress peers and being stupid: this man had intent. I turned the corner and ran as fast as I could. I saw a light on in our local community centre and ran to the automatic door; thank goodness it opened for me. If it had been closed then who knows, it’s just too scary to even think about.”The police issue the sort of bland, soothing statement we've now come to expect.
Chief Inspector Simon Tribe said: "We have had a fantastic response from members of the public to reports in the media of a suspicious incident involving a man wearing a mask in Ringwood on the evening of Tuesday, May 10.
"A 16-year-old boy has now been spoken to in the presence of his mum and officers have explained to him how his actions have affected the woman he jumped out in front of and advised him strongly about his behaviour.”So, just a prank then? But...why does a 16 year old require his mum with him?
Well, as we all know, the best way to find out the real story is to go to the comment section:
Ah. That puts a bit of a different spin on it! As does this:
Sounds dreadfully familiar, doesn't it? I wonder if we'll be reading about this nutter again soon.