Residents of Hull have reported several sightings of a mystery “werewolf” which has terrified locals and sparked a hunt for the creature.
Reports suggest the 8ft “beast” is half-man-half-creature, lurks around industrial estates and has allegedly been spotted eating a dog . Some believe it is an old folklore legend called Old Stinker – a wolf that transforms into a man at the full moon. Old Stinker is traditionally known to wander the Yorkshire Wolds.
The new sightings of the mystery being were reported at an old water channel called the Barmston Drain during Christmas. One woman claims to have seen the beast stand on its hind legs in a terrifying incident which left her shaking.
span style=”color: #e8e8ee;”>She said: “It was stood upright one moment. The next it was down on all fours running like a dog. I was terrified.
“It bounded along on all fours, then stopped and reared up on to its back legs, before running down the embankment towards the water.
“It vaulted 30ft over to the other side and vanished up the embankment and over a wall into some allotments.” Another couple saw “something tall and hairy” eating a German Shepherd dog by the side of the drain. They stopped to get a closer look and saw it jump an 8ft fence, before vanishing into the night, still clutching its prey in its jaws. Another woman was walking her dog along the drain when she saw something “half-man, half-dog” in the distance.
She was terrified, and her dog began shaking and refused to go any further along the path. The reports have sparked a huge hunt for the beast in the town, as worried locals have sought advice from a supernatural expert.
Locals are now waiting for a full moon to mount a werewolf hunt with cameras and recording equipment. They say when the creature transforms its upper body is more wolf than man – similar to the American Werewolf films. Mike Covell, an expert in the supernatural and Hull resident, said: “I was sceptical at first, but then more and more people contacted me saying they had seen the same thing.
“No one really knows what to do. You can hardly pop down the local council office or police station and say you’d like to report a werewolf.” But a local councillor said he would keep an incident log, after fears grow over the increased sightings.
Cllr Steve Wilson said: “I am happy to keep a diary of sightings by people around here and report them to Hull Council.” Norfolk-based barrister and author Charles Christian, who researched the legend for his book, A Travel Guide To Yorkshire’s Weird Wolds, said the sightings went back centuries.
But the most recent was in the 1960s when a lorry driver claimed Old Stinker tried to smash its way into his cab as he drove through the haunted Triangle. Mr Christian said: “The Yorkshire Wolds was actually one of the last parts of England to have wild wolves.
“Old Stinker was said to be operating on the other side of The Wolds but that would be no distance at all for a large animal to cover to get to Hull. “By their very nature, old industrial areas offer plenty of places to hide and if there is something there it will know its way around. (…)