Woman dressed as Hulk sought in connection with an assault (North Yorkshire Police)

Police in York are hunting for the Incredible Hulk following an assault in the city centre.

The police say a woman dressed as the Marvel Comic character attacked a teenage girl in the early hours of 26 April.

The woman in the Hulk costume is believed to have left a McDonalds restaurant at around 3am and the victim was on the street outside.

A 17-year-old girl was left with bruising to her face and a black eye.

CCTV footage shows the woman covered in green body paint and red hair. Police say they believe she is a white woman in her late teens or early 20s, around 5ft 8 tall and of a medium build.

PC Cheryl Hunter, of York police, said: "This appears to have been a wholly unprovoked assault. Thankfully the injuries were not too severe. However, the outcome could have been far more serious.

"If you witnessed the assault or can identify the woman I need to speak to about this incident, I ask that you contact the police or Crimestoppers straight away."

This is not the first instance of people acting as the characters they are dressed as.

Stan Worby dressed as Batman handed in a criminal in Bradford (West Yorkshire Police)

In February, a man dressed in a Batman costume handed in a criminal to his local police station in Bradford before disappearing into the night.

West Yorkshire Police said the man bought a 27-year-old into the station who was wanted in connection with fraud offences.

CCTV footage showed Batman handing over the suspect in the early hours of the morning and a nationwide search began to uncover the caped crusader's identity.

It eventually emerged that Batman was Stan Worby, a 39-year-old Chinese takeaway driver who was helping a friend turn himself in.

He told the Daily Telegraph that he did not masquerade as a crime fighter in disguise, but had been dressed as the superhero for a football game.

He said: "I got a call from Danny while I was at Wembley and he said, 'can you run me to the cop station?' But as I was in London I couldn't.

"I told him as soon as I was home I would run him to Bradford central police station. We got back about 1am and I picked Danny up in a minibus at 1.30am.

"I got some strange looks when I got to the cop station though. One policeman looked at me and just laughed.

"I said to the policeman, 'I deserve a medal, I'm a caped crusader.'"