Terrifying moment ‘creepy’ man in a Luther serial killer mask scares young woman on top deck of a bus after asking her where she lived and if she was on her own
- Hooded man in white mask started asking woman questions on bus in Sheffield
- Incident drew comparisons with serial killer character in new Luther episode
- She said she wanted women to be ‘careful when travelling alone in the dark’
- South Yorkshire Police is aware and officers have ‘spoken to a man in his 30s’
A 22-year-old woman travelling alone on a bus at night was left horrified when a hooded man in a white mask started asking her questions.
The incident in Sheffield has drawn comparisons with a serial killer character in the new series of BBC’s Luther, in an episode shown just two days earlier.
The woman said the man was sitting just a few seats away from her on the 120 bus last Thursday and asked her where she lived, if she was alone and what her name is.
South Yorkshire Police said it was aware of the incident on the bus from Sheffield towards Crystal Peaks – and detectives had ‘spoken to a man in his 30s’.
The woman – who did not wish to be named – said it was the ‘creepiest bus journey of her life’, adding: ‘I want women and young girls to know that they need to be careful when travelling alone in the dark on public transport.
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‘I’ve had lots of hate and backlash for posting the video but I don’t regret it. The issue here isn’t how I responded to the incident, it’s that the incident occurred in the first place.’
She said she hoped the man would learn from the incident and she did not want others to think badly of him.
A hooded man in a white mask started asking the woman questions on the 120 bus in Sheffield (left), in an incident compared to an episode of Luther shown two days earlier (right)
‘I really, really hope that people do not harass or show aggression towards the man, I think he just needs help and someone to explain to him how frightening this was for me and would be for any young woman.’
Posting the video on Facebook, she said: ‘This guy staring ahead while I’m sat behind asking me questions like what’s your surname, are you alone, where do you live.’
At the end of the video, the man can be seen turning around to face her. The woman finished her post with the warning: ‘Watch out when you’re on the bus alone, girls.’
The incident was compared to a moment in the first episode of the new series of BBC crime drama Luther, starring Idris Elba, which was shown on New Year’s Eve.
One Facebook user said of the video: ‘Someone’s been watching too much Luther. So creepy!’ Another added: ‘This guy has watched the new series of Luther.’
In Luther, a serial killer hid at the back on the top floor of a double-decker bus, wearing a white mask with his hood up before stabbing a woman to death.
The victim in the drama had fallen asleep on her way home as the bus gradually became quieter, leaving her alone in a scene which terrified many fans of the drama.
The first episode of Luther in more than three years saw the London detective faced with a spate of horrific new murders from a frightening killer.
Some people also noted the likeness between the mask in the video and the character No Face in the 2001 film Spirited Away.
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