Akinwale Arobieke, better known as ‘Purple Aki’, has been spotted in the Northeast.
The 22-stone Manchester-born bodybuilder is infamous throughout the Northwest for asking to squeeze young men’s muscles.
According to ChronicleLive he was seen out and about in Newcastle city centre this week, carrying a Sainsbury’s bag on Northumberland Street.
I’ve just walked Purple Aki walking to work, wtf why is he in Newcastle. My head is battered like— Laura Connor (@lauraconnor2) August 13, 2019
One man who saw Arobieke told ChronicleLive: "I locked eyes with him and he scurried behind a wall next to WH Smith. I asked can I get a photo of you squeezing my muscles but he said 'no, no I can’t - I’ll get into trouble'."
Arobieke’s odd muscle-squeezing obsession has got him in trouble previously, and he was issued a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) in 2006 for repeatedly asking if he could squeeze men’s muscles.
Hahahaha no fucking way has purple aki just asked me what a bench and me arm size— Liam Britton (@LiamBritton8) August 12, 2019
The 58-year-old’s SOPO meant he couldn’t touch, measure or feel muscles, ask people to do squats in public, feel muscles in private without consent, talk to anyone under 18 on purpose, hang around or enter gyms and sports clubs, or enter a school or university without permission.
However, the order was lifted in 2016, with a judge at Manchester Crown Court reportedly saying ‘it could no longer be justified’.
Purple Aki moving to Newcastle was one of the things I least expected? belter pic.twitter.com/tbBmTe4z5q— H.A (@h1appleby) August 14, 2019
Arobieke has always denied getting sexual gratification from touching muscles, and he’s never been convicted of any sex offences. He’s always said he’s not a pest, claiming in court the police had set him up.
His behaviour on Merseyside became the subject of a BBC documentary called The Man Who Squeezes Muscles: Searching for Purple Aki - although he has called out this nickname for being racially charged.
Northumbria Police is aware Arobieke is now on Tyneside, according to reports.