Police in Worcester are attempting to track down a man who has been terrifying school children by approaching them while wearing a pig mask.
Pupils have been left too frightened to walk to class after the creepy suspect approached them in the street in the Barnards Green area of Malvern.
There have been reports of him targeting children at two separate schools in the area while donning the porky disguise and jumping out in front of pupils.
The Chase School Malvern, a secondary school with 1,500 pupils, has written to parents warning them about the man and urging them to report any incidents to police.
There are also reports of the offender, who has been branded ‘Pig Man’ by locals, outside Great Malvern Primary School, which has 345 pupils aged three to 11.
West Mercia Police has confirmed nobody had yet been arrested in connection with the incidents but officers had stepped up patrols in the area.
Residents have also expressed their fears of Pig Man on social media and criticised the force for not acting sooner to protect the children.
Stacey Dooley wrote on Facebook: “Not only is it scaring children it's also scaring parents.”
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Gemma Phillips added: “Someone needs to stop him! Very creepy behaviour. Police should be dealing with it not waiting. Ridiculous.”
An email sent to Chase School parents on Wednesday said: "We 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.
"A message has been sent to all staff and students to reassure them. Should you have any future concerns about members of the public please ask your children to report it to a member of staff or alternatively report it to the police through 101."
Sergeant Christopher Day, of West Mercia Police, said: “We understand that 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 underway 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 101 quoting reference 422s 31119.