A crime-fighting father-of-two has taken to the streets at night to protect the public and foil dozens of attacks – dressed as a NINJA.
By day martial arts expert Ken Andre, 33, spends time looking after his wife Leigh, 27, and their two young sons like any normal dad.
But by night, the ex-military guard dons his black Japanese Ninjutsu robes and heads out onto the streets as nimble superhero ”Shadow”.
The vigilante, who lets out a ‘growling roar’ war cry as he leaps from the darkness to combat the forces of evil, goes out equipped with a weapon and even wears a HEARING AID to amplify sound.
He claims residents with anti-social problems are now calling him to get involved in their issues after he began patrolling the streets up to four nights-a-week.
The fearless superman has settled scores of disputes and even left one crook tied to a lamppost for the police to find.
Brave Ken – aka Shadow – said Today: ”When I was seven or eight I used to see my mum being beaten up by various boyfriends.
”I vowed not to let it happen again to my friends and family. So I grew up from a little child into a weapon.
”Even today when I hear cries, it sets something off inside – like a trigger. Something calls me.
”I am a force for good and have been doing this for many years.
”I have walked down the streets and no-one has ever seen me – even in urban areas.”
The unemployed dad, who has been learning the Japanese art of Ninjutsu since he was a youngster, stalks the shadows of Yeovil, Somerset, when the sun goes down.
He sometimes spends all night out on the streets, waiting to swoop in and save victims of crime – wearing a hearing aid to pick up the faintest cries for help
Ken battles muggers, drug pushers, abusive boyfriends and boy racers with just his martial arts skills and a wooden pole.
The superhero insists he tries to settle the disputes as calmly as possible, but will use force if required, before calmly melting back into the shadows before police arrive.
He also has developed a special roaring war cry to help disperse crowds of youths.
Ken started his remarkable night-time jaunts after him and his brother came across a group of thugs beating up a man six years ago.
He said the gang members were so alarmed when he jumped out in his ninja outfit, they bolted.
The vigilante revealed: ”I do not look for trouble. But if there’s a problem and I can help, I do it with my ability using minimum force.
”I don’t think I am a superhero. I just have the confidence and skills to tackle situations.
”I will go and assess the problem. If the problem is, for example, an abusive boyfriend, I will see if I can resolve it by chatting.
”I want to solve it without violence but I’m prepared for it, if it flares up.
”There are nights where I don’t come across anything which is great. I can concentrate on meditating and training.
”But over the years there have been a lot of times where I have intervened – dozens.”
The former Army security guard spends up to four nights a week on the streets and has tackled many criminals.
One time he saw a thief burgling his car while out training.
He then brought down the hapless crooks by throwing NUNCHUCKS at his legs.
Ken said: ”I tied him to the lamppost using his own legs and called the police. That is just one example of what I can do.
”A mate of mine had his car and property vandalised. He felt trapped in his house. The police told him to move and he was at his wits’ end.
”He contacted me for help. I went down there and stayed in the shadows. I was a few metres away from them and they didn’t know I was there.
”I won’t repeat when then happened but the problem went away.”
The crime-fighter has devised his own interpretation of a ninja soldier – called Tengujutsu – after years of research.
He also says wife Leigh and two young sons, Troy, aged three, and Drew, aged four, have fully accepted his night-time activities.
Ken added: ”I have made contact with some of the greatest ninjas in the world.
”I have created my own form by studying martial arts and the human anatomy. You need to learn how to break down the body quick.
”It’s about using minimal force but having the most impact with surprise and knowing where to strike.
”Leigh is completely used to it. I made sure I told her about it and explained it to her.
”Maybe she thought it was weird at first but she knows it’s who I am. I have even told and showed her how to be aware of her surroundings and given her advice.”
Avon and Somerset Police insisted they did not condone someone putting themselves in harms’ way.
A spokesman for the force said: ”We would never encourage people to take the law into their own hands or put themselves in danger.”