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Jason lookalike criticises police

Eminem on stage
Rapper Eminem has also dressed as Jason for his live shows

A man who sparked an armed police alert as he made his way to a fancy dress party dressed as a serial killer has criticised the "heavy-handed" response.

Kevin Oakes, a 20-year-old property manager, wielded a bladeless chainsaw as part of his outfit as Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th horror films.

But concerned people who saw him in Bicester, Oxfordshire, prompted police to send armed police and a helicopter.

He said: "It was a bit over the top and a waste of taxpayers' money."

He added: "I saw the helicopter and I thought they were having a good laugh. Then suddenly all the armed police turned up and started shouting at me to drop the weapon.

"They were heavy-handed and getting all wound up. They were just quite rude. There were children laughing at them which didn't help.

"I didn't even have the engine running on the chainsaw and the mask was on my head, not covering my face."

Our response had to be proportionate
Thames Valley Police

Mr Oakes said he thought his outfit was "something a bit different" for a friend's party on Friday night.

"Everyone else was going as Cinderella or pirates or vicars so I thought I'd go as a murderer," he added.

He wore ripped jeans and white shirt in fake blood and had a scary mask and chainsaw as props to look like the film character Jason.

But he said officers told him to cover up and he carried on to the party where his outfit received a much better reception.

A spokesman for Thames Valley police said that after concerned calls from residents in Churchill Road, Bicester, their response was "proportionate".

"The helicopter is used in such circumstances because suspicious people can be traced more quickly and we can quickly assess how dangerous a situation is before putting officers on the ground at risk," said the spokesman.

"Once our officers made contact with the man they quickly became aware that he did not pose any threat.

"But he was told about the reaction he had provoked in local people and we insisted he cover up his costume and turn off the chainsaw."

Rapper Eminem has also borrowed Jason's look in his live shows.


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