Local paper reports “Suspicious incident involving men in black robes and small hats”

This is a deliciously obscure story from my local paper, Gloucester’s The Citizen:

Suspicious incident involving men in black robes and small hats

A suspicious incident involving four men in black robes and small hats has prompted a police warning in Wotton-under-Edge.

The incident happened outside Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School on Wotton Road at around 5pm on Sunday May 19.

The victim, a 17-year-old from Kingswood was walking towards Wotton when a small dark car, thought to be a maroon Ford Ka drove up and down Wotton Road.

The victim then quickly turned along an alley way and jumped over a hedge. As he looked back he saw four men in the car.

The men in the Ford are described as black, wearing black robes and possibly small hats on their heads. One of the men is described as very tall, thought to be over 6ft tall.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 335 of May 19.

You can also give information anonymously by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

So far the only explanation that has been offered are:

If you have a more plausible explanation I would love to hear it…


Filed under Gloucestershire, Media

7 responses to “Local paper reports “Suspicious incident involving men in black robes and small hats”

  1. Pingback: Gloucestershire’s crimewave. Police tackle small hats and *possible* illicit cheese production | Hynd's Blog

  2. Another clue, this time from Andy Carling on twitter pointing out that no one has mentioned perspective so far. Was the victim getting confused about perspective and thus the *possibly* small hats? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vbd3E6tK2U


  3. Tom Southerden

    In response to widespread demand, and to assist in this vital manhunt, I have created a short briefing on relative hat-size.

    This http://tinyurl.com/omvsruu is a LARGE hat.

    and this http://tinyurl.com/o43knbb is a SMALL hat.

    Godspeed, Gloucester Constabulary, godspeed.


  4. Secondly, Gloucestershire police have provided me with this explanation (word used in the broadest possible sense)

    Are we any closer to understanding what the victim was a victim of? Do we know if the hats these men were wearing were indeed ‘small’ or indeed even hats? These tweets seem to throw up more questions than they answer…


  5. First of all some very serious hat related questions from Tom Southerden:


  6. I’ve got it. It’s the reverse Ku Klux Klan. That’s why they were driving a Ka.


  7. So, This is Gloucester got back to me soon after publication with this explanation:

    information is “straight from the police”


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