Reports show that between November 2018 and February 2020, there were 14 incidents of a person dressed in masks and disguises approaching people at night in the village
Villagers fear a latex-clad gimp who terrorised their neighbourhood has returned after a masked man was spotted in the area.
The man was seen spying on a couple through their window in Somerset on September 1.
Avon and Somerset Police say they were called to Claverham just after midnight but were “unable to locate the man”.
It follows 14 reports of a person dressed in disguises approaching people at night in the village between November 2018 and February 2020, BristolLive reports.
The last incident was in July 2019, when a person in a black latex bodysuit and mask touched his groin reportedly approached a young woman on the streets.
Officers said they were keeping an open mind as to whether the incidents were linked.
But a 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’. 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 woman said people had reported “weird things happening” recently in the village.
“I’m not too bothered to walk around on my own but it freaks my children out and I want them to feel safer,” she added.
In 2019, a police search using helicopters and sniffer dogs was launched, which resulted in two men being arrested on suspicion of indecency offences – but they were later released without charge.
A group has now been set up for people to walk around Claverham in teams, but its members said it was not encouraging people to put themselves in danger.
They hope to support neighbours and encourage awareness of the incidents.
When previous victim, Abi, 25, heard about the latest sighting she told Bristol Live : “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.”
She said the man she saw was fully covered in the suit and was “coming towards me and was touching his groin, grunting and breathing heavy”.
A police spokesman told the BBC patrols had been increased in the Claverham area since 1 September.
Anyone with information, dashcam or doorbell camera footage of a man in Claverham on Wednesday 1 September wearing what has been described as “a full face mask” is asked to contact police.