LONDON (Reuters) - A masked and caped do-gooder has been sweeping through an English town, performing good deeds and scattering terrified bad guys, a local newspaper reported. The Kent and Sussex Courier said Friday it had received letters from "stunned residents" of the town of Tunbridge Wells, southeast of London, who saw the man in a brown mask and cape scare off hooligans and return a woman's dropped purse. "To my great surprise," the paper quoted 21-year-old psychology student Ellen Neville as saying, "a masked man wearing a brown cape rushed past me to assist a woman who was having a bother with a group of youths. "He swept in, broke up the commotion and ran off, leaving myself and the woman in a state of shock," she said. A man wrote to say he was being chased by some youths when the hero appeared and "shocked the gang so much they ran off." Another woman wrote to say the crusader had tapped her on her shoulder to return her purse. "If only there were more people around with this kind-hearted spirit," she said.