The Beast Of Tunbridge Wells
The following article by Anthony Bond and entitled ‘The Beast of Tunbridge Wells: Terrified walker claims 8ft-tall creature with demonic red eyes and long arms roared at him in historic town’s woods’ appeared in the Daily Mail 22 November 2012.
It is an historic and quaint ‘middle England’ town which doesn’t really like creating a scene.
But if the reports of one terrified walker are to be believed, the residents of Royal Tunbridge Wells could have a giant Bigfoot-like creature in their midst.
A man walking in the woods beside the town’s common claims to have spotted an 8ft tall beast with demonic red eyes and long arms.
According to The Sun, the ape-like creature, which looked like America’s legendary Bigfoot, roared at the walker, who immediately ran off in fear.
Over the past six months there have been a number of sightings of a mysterious beast.
Locals in the Kent town have mixed opinions about the claims – with some believing it could be a joker wearing a fancy dress costume.
Sightings in the town go back decades.
The Kentish Apeman was first spotted on the town’s common during World War Two 70 years ago.
A man called ‘Graham S’ told a story of how an elderly couple saw it in 1942.
Writing for the community website Tunbridge Wells People, he said: ‘They were siting on a bench when they became aware of a shuffling noise behind them.
‘Upon turning around they saw a tall, ape-like creature with eyes that were burning red moving slowly towards them. They both fled – terrified.’
Scientists however do not believe it is a real animal and say rumours of its existence have come from folklore and hoax.
Royal Tunbridge Wells is located in west Kent about 40 miles from London.
It has a population of about 56,500 and is popular with tourists.