Wheel Clamp Man, a mysterious caped crusader, has been hailed a hero by Australian motorists for setting free their cars. Others have a different opinion.

The man, who wears a green lycra costume with multi-coloured socks and black Speedo trunks, uses an angle grinder to remove wheel clamps.

Wheel Clamp Man, who has been helping motorists in the Australian city of Perth for weeks, was inspired to act after he was clamped himself.

“I went to a car park, pulled in, couldn’t see any signs, and I must have walked less than 100 yards and I was clamped,” he told a local newspaper. “It was a con because they were watching.”

He took his inspiration from Britain’s Angle Grinder Man who wore a blue leotard and removed clamps in London and Kent almost a decade ago.

“I’m helping people out,” he said. “I don’t feel I’m damaging property.

“The amount of money these companies make off innocent people is insane. Where does that money go? Not into car parks or safer streets. It goes into their pocket.”

In return for saving motorists a £90 release fee, he asks for a small donation which he reportedly gives to the homeless.

However, the motorists’ superhero has been described as a menace by police.

A Western Australia police spokesman said: “He is committing the offence of criminal damage. We will deal with him.”

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