A town in South America is living in fear after several sightings of a 'creepy gnome' that locals claim stalks the streets at night.
The little person — who wears a pointy hat and has a distinctive sideways walk — was caught on video last week by a terrified group of youngsters.
Teenager Jose Alvarez — who filmed the gnome — yesterday said that they caught the creature while larking about in their hometown of General Guemes, in the province of Salta, Argentina. He said: “We were chatting about our last fishing trip. It was one in the morning. I began to film a bit with my mobile phone while the others were chatting and joking. Suddenly we heard something — a weird noise as if someone was throwing stones."
"We looked to one side and saw that the grass was moving. To begin with we thought it was a dog but when we saw this gnome-like figure begin to emerge we were really afraid." Alvarez added that other locals had come forward to say they had spotted the gnome.
He said: “This is no joke. We are still afraid to go out — just like everyone else in the neighborhood now."
"One of my friends was so scared after seeing that thing that we had to take him to the hospital,” Alvarez said.