I've been studying reports of large hominids for...well...since 1975! The very idea of a large "Sasquatch" type creature in the UK is bunkum.
I did detail in my books, see Pursuing The Strange & Weird http://www.lulu.com/shop/terry-hooper-scharf/pursuing-the-strange-weird/paperback/product-18883379.html
and more specifically Some More Things Strange & Sinister http://www.lulu.com/shop/terry-hooper-scharf/some-more-things-strange-sinister/paperback/product-18763730.html
We have certain 'cryptozoologists' in the UK who pretend at being serious researchers whose reputations cannot be impued...or that's what they like people to think. They are not beyond being facts to their own ends or even hoaxing themselves. And we mustn't rule out someone 'having a laugh.'
Personally, I would have tackled the hoaxer.
Here is another story of such a hoax from the Metro:
A terrified walker claims to have spotted the
British Bigfoot after being confronted by an 8ft tall 'ape-like
creature' in Tunbridge Wells.
Has bigfoot been spotted in Tunbridge Wells? (Picture: Alamy)
A man said he was confronted by the creature, which had 'red demonic eyes and was covered in hair', three weeks ago as he was walking home.
He said the beast roared at him in exactly the same spot it was apparently first seen more than 70 years ago, before he ran away.
An article detailing the sightings appeared on the Tunbridge Wells People forum earlier this week, asking local residents if they has seen the elusive sasquatch.
'One of the strangest stories to emerge about Tunbridge Wells this week is the claims that a British Bigfoot has been spotted in woodland near the town,' it says.
'The Kentish Apeman has recently been spotted on Tunbridge Wells Common - the exact spot where it was also apparently seen 70 years ago.
'The beast is reportedly eight-foot tall, has red demonic eyes and is covered in hair.'
A local painter and decorator, named Graham S, claims he was told by an elderly client about a sighting in 1942.
'One particular day she went to the common with her husband and was sitting on a bench when they became aware of a shuffling noise behind them,' he explained.
'Upon turning around both her husband and herself saw what she described as a tall, hairy ape like creature with eyes that were burning a reddish colour and it was moving towards them at a slow pace.'
He added: 'They observed this creature for some time until they became afraid and they both fled - terrified.
'She went on to say that they told the police and members of their family, thinking that a gorilla had escaped from a zoo, but were laughed at and were not believed.'
However local Andy Snider said: 'I don't believe it.'