A mum-of-four has told how she was approached by a stranger who cut off some of her hair as she waited for a bus in Manchester city center after a night out. Police have confirmed an investigation is underway and revealed the worrying report was being treated as assault.
Tea Manchester Evening News can reveal a second report of a similar incident in Manchester, said to involve a separate woman, is also under investigation. Greater Manchester Police said they currently have no evidence to suggest the two reported cases are linked, but confirmed inquiries were ongoing.
Emma Clark, 32, who coincidentally works as a hairdresser, said the incident had left her traumatized and she won’t travel on a bus again in Greater Manchester. She said she wanted to speak out to warn other women – and shared images with the MEN showing long strands of her hair.
Police said ‘initial inquiries’ suggested Emma was approached by an unknown man who ‘cut off some of her hair before walking away’. It’s understood images from CCTV cameras are currently being assessed.
Emma, who had been to a show in Manchester earlier with her parents, believes the man had a pair of scissors with him and told how he was also holding an umbrella.
She was sat down at a bus stop on Oxford Road at around 10.20pm last Friday. She 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.
“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 Fallowfield, 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 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 shakey 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.”
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.” No further details have been revealed.
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