A charity runner dressed in a gorilla costume caused panic for passing motorists.
Police received calls from concerned motorists on the A6 near Leicester last Wednesday after reports an ‘escaped gorilla’ was spotted on the road.
Having responded to the unusual call, police turned up to discover the escaped primate was in fact charity runner Rory Coleman, 45, dressed in an ape suit.
Mr Coleman had been taking part in the 143 mile charity run from Mansfield to London and had hired the suit from a fancy dress shop.
Mr Coleman said: “I have had a few strange looks but I hadn’t had the police called on me before this.
“I saw the panda car pull up on the opposite side of the road and both officers were staring at me with their mouths wide open.
“They didn’t seem too keen to get out initially so stayed in their car just looking at me.
”I think they twigged it wasn’t an actual gorilla when they saw I was wearing trainers and had a rucksack on my back.
“I wasn’t very far from Twycross Zoo which has a large collection of primates so maybe motorists thought one of them had made a run for it.
“One of the officers that turned up had heard me on the radio that morning so once he knew who I was they let me carry on.”
A veteran charity runner, Mr Coleman has clocked up a total of 623 marathons and 150 ultra marathons in the last 10 years.
His wife, Sarah-Jane, 43, added: “When Rory told me he’d been stopped by the police it didn’t surprise me. He’s always been a bit of a cheeky monkey.”