Man who slaps people around the head for sneezing hunted by police The prime suspect has been described as being in his mid-to-late 50s (Picture: David Jones/PA) A man in Carlisle who slaps locals if they are caught sneezing is being hunted by police. The man, who is described as middle-aged, first assaulted a woman on Monday, smacking her around the back of the head after she sneezed, in what police have described as ‘very strange behaviour’. And on Tuesday, detectives believe that the same man launched an unprovoked attack on a frail 82-year-old woman in Scotch Street, at roughly 11.30 am. Cumbria Police have described the prime suspect as wearing a tweed jacket and being in his mid-to-late 50s. They are yet to trace the first victim, who was female, but said they believe that the two crimes are linked. Sgt Gill Cherry said: ‘We are treating these two reported incidents as linked, and are appealing to the local community to help trace the man responsible. ‘It is very unusual behaviour and will have left his victims feeling confused and upset.’ Gemma Prosser, 19, who witnessed the attack, said: ‘we heard as it happened in the town centre and at first we just thought it was a bit weird. ‘When you think about it, it is really awful because anyone can sneeze at any time and it’s not your fault’. But Nicola Dawson, 48, a dental receptionist, from nearby Kendal, said that she would not be frightened to retaliate. ‘I have come here shopping on my day off and actually have a cold’, she said. ‘If anyone smacked me for sneezing I would smack them back’.