Two men dressed as Oompa-Loompas – characters from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – are being sought by police in Norwich after an attack in the heart of the city.
The victim, a 28-year-old man, was left with cuts, bruises and two black eyes, after being set upon outside a kebab house in the early hours of Thursday morning.
He was assaulted by four people – the two oompa-loompas, a man in conventional attire and a dark-haired woman wearing a dress split along the side.
Police artists released this sketch of the suspects which bear absolutely no resemblance to Nicki Minaj or Snooki. Anyone seeing two orange skinned dwarves with green hair are advised to contact the police at once. Make no effort to apprehend them yourself as they are considered armed and dangerously ugly.
This is not the first such incident…
People dressed as an Oompa-Loompa, Spiderman and the Teletubby character Tinky Winky were among 10 held after a drunken brawl at a holiday camp over the bank holiday weekend.
Read about that incident:
Experts debate whether this recent spate of attacks can be blamed on the influence of Hollywood movies and TV shows that glorify costumed hi-jinx or the availability of licensed trademark character memes. Lawmakers are seeking ways to impose more regulation on costume shops and cosplay conventions while carefully balancing an individual’s right to dress up like some sort of juvenile idiot.