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Halloween joker creates chainsaw panic

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Not the man in question - this is from the Chainsaw Massacre film. Photo: DPA
13:24 CET+01:00
A joker in Germany provoked panic when he went out on Halloween night dressed as the chainsaw massacre murderer - complete with a real chainsaw.

"He showed up at a bus stop at about 11pm, with the chainsaw running," Peter Jung, spokesman for Saarbrücken police told The Local.

One man was so freaked out he brandished a starting pistol to protect himself, Jung confirmed.

Others called the police for help, prompting the 22-year-old chainsaw-wielder to flee.

Although he denied having anything to do with it when officers called at his house, witnesses had identified him - and his chainsaw was found hidden in the yard.

"There was no chain on the saw - so there was no way he could have actually injured anyone. But equally only an expert could have known that, as he had the thing running," said Jung.

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He said it was not yet certain what charges the man would face. "But he will certainly hear from us. And we have kept the chainsaw as evidence - it's quite an expensive one."

The man who drew his starting pistol at the bus stop should also expect to hear from the authorities, Jung said. "He did not have a licence to carry the gun," he said.

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"Halloween is a little different to normal nights," added Jung with a sigh.

Hannah Cleaver

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