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.
According to the police he was knocked to the ground by one of the men and hit several times on the head.
A description issued by Norfolk Constabulary described the attackers were wearing hooded tops. They also had dyed green hair and painted orange faces, a force spokesman said.
“Perhaps they were taking part in a Christmas event. They may have been at a fancy dress party.
“It is possible it is captured on CCTV but we are still looking for images,” the spokesman added.
Oompa-loompas were first created by Roald Dahl in a 1964 children’s book, before appearing in the film version of his book, starring Gene Wilder.
This was not the first time that oompa-loompas have had a brush with the law.
In 2009 violence flared at a Welcome Family holiday park when a brawl erupted during a fancy dress evening.
These miscreants included not only an oompa-loompa, but Spiderman and even Tinky Winky – the largest of the Teletubbies – best known for his size and red handbag.
The Norwich assault is one of a series of attacks in recent months involving assailants in an array of fancy dress.
In November two men – one of whom was in drag – were jailed for an attack on a Slovakian in Swindon.
The court was told how a witness was startled to see the “woman” laying into her victim on the ground, before realizing the assailant was a man when his wig fell off.
Other fancy address attackers include two men dressed as Elvis Presley and Ozzy Osbourne, who were convicted last year of assaulting a police officer in a Wyatt Earp costume.