Emma Clark, 32, from Manchester, was waiting at a bus shelter when a ‘weird’ man approached her and cut a huge chunk out of her hair, leaving her terrified to use a bus in the future
A “weird” stranger approached a mum and cut a 10-inch chunk out of her hair in a ‘random’ attack after a night out.
Emma Clark, 32, was waiting at a Manchester bus shelter when the assault took place last Friday.
Disturbingly, police revealed that another woman in the city was targeted in a separate incident, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Emma, who coincidentally works as a hairdresser, only realized her hair had been snipped when she returned home.
The mum-of-four said: “I was sat at the bus stop when it happened. I was sat there looking to my right waiting for the bus to come.
“I felt a snip sensation and at first I thought a bee had buzzed past me or something like that.
“I quickly turned my head to the right, but he was on the left hand side of me. I think he has put his arm around me and came at me from the other side. He was very close to me and had an umbrella.
“I felt another catch of my hair then I saw him – he was waving his umbrella around. I got up and walked away.
“He kept acting really weird. He was shaking with his umbrella. He was alone and wearing a rain mac. I got on the bus and texted my boyfriend.”
Emma, from Manchester, detailed the incident on a post to a Facebook group to alert others. She said the random man was very sneaky and after she got home, she realized that between eight to 10 inches of her hair had been cut at one side.
Emma, who was alone at the time, added: “I tied my hair in a bobble when I got home. I have got quite long hair and it is very thick.
“I started to feed the baby and noticed a bit of my hair hanging out. I pulled it and lots of my hair just fell out.
“In the morning the first thing I did was report it to the police. They said they would check CCTV. I posted it on Facebook and had another girl message me to say the exact same thing happened to her.
“When she reported it to the police, the police told her there was another girl as well who said a man claimed his umbrella got caught in her hair.
“It is an awful thing. I have already had weird things happen to me on buses and now I will never, never get on a bus again. I feel really vulnerable.
“He was very sneaky and acted like he was just shaky or had something wrong with him when I realized he’d touched me. I didn’t at the time realize he’d cut my hair but he has cut eight to 10 inches off at one side.”
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In a statement, Greater Manchester Police told the MEN: “Police received a report of an assault on Oxford Road in Manchester city centre.
“Initial inquiries suggest that the victim was approached by an unknown male who has then cut off some of her hair before walking away. Inquiries are ongoing.
“Police are also investigating a second similar report, although this report cannot be confirmed as being linked.”