Police are asking for the public’s help in arresting a criminal thought to be involved in multiple offences.
“Unfortunately we haven’t got a clear description of the wanted person, although because of his size we’re assuming it’s a man, ” Detective Inspector Anna Rest said.
“Victims just describe him as huge and amorphous,”
DI Rest said police were puzzled that nobody had been able to detain the culprit because every witness has said he was stolid and slow moving.
“That doesn’t mean this person isn’t dangerous. Several victims say the attacks on them were like being drowned in syrup.
“Other complainants say felt like they were wrestling candy-floss covered barbed wire. Every time they thought they had grasped something, they realised they were empty handed but were still left bruised and bloody.”
DI Rest said at first police thought they were dealing with a gang.
“There’s been so many victims with complaints ranging from the petty to profoundly serious. There’s been damage to property, disorder, mental distress, physical injury and even death, so many offences in so many places we suspected no one person could be responsible.
“However,one thing linked all the crimes. The culprit always left a trail of paperwork. Then we got an anonymous tip which has led us to believe it is in fact just a single pernicious offender.
“No-one has been able to give us a name but we can confirm the wanted person goes under the pseudonym The System.”
DI Rest said she is sure that a lot of victims won’t have come forward and is asking them to do so.
“Most people have had more than enough by the time The System has finished with them, and are reluctant to approach us.
“But if we’re to make an arrest and out The System we need all the evidence we can get.
“I can’t overstate the seriousness of the situation and unless victims and witnesses are prepared to help The System will continue to offend, leaving havoc in his wake.”