A MIDLAND icon has been forced to seek police help, with a popular Facebook page leading to him being harassed on a daily basis.
Adrian, known to most people as Mad Dog, has been a fixture on roads throughout Perth for decades, riding his bike at a furious pace, always in bare feet.
Even people who have never met the man know who Mad Dog is, however several Facebook pages have seen his notoriety take on a life of its own.
Facebook page themaddogofficial has become a hub for people to share videos of Mad Dog, and is even selling t-shirts, singlets and stickers bearing a likeness of his image.
Suffice to say, Mad Dog is not affiliated with the website and receives no money from the site, despite t-shirts selling for $39.95.
His online notoriety has forced him to go to Midland Police, with OIC Senior Sergeant Jason Longhorn saying the harassment Mad Dog is being subjected to borders on stalking.
“There is a non-approved, non-authorised Facebook page which someone has created about Mad Dog himself, and he’s an icon,” he said.
“He’s also a lovely guy if you actually take the time to speak to him, but because of the notoriety and that Facebook page, it’s escalated to the point where people are targeting him, harassing him and intimidating him to try and get a reaction to share on social media.
“It’s disturbing, because he just wants to go on with his business but he’s come to us because it’s reached the point where people are showing up at his house, and that’s trespassing.
“We’ve also obtained footage of an incident where he had to hide in a truck bay because a car was circling him and trying to get a rise out of him.
“He came to us quite distressed, because if people continue to try and get a reaction out of him they will, everyone has a breaking point, and he’s very aware that he’ll be the one that likely gets in trouble if he does react.”
Snr Sgt Longhorn said Midland Police would press charges against anyone harassing Mad Dog, and had gone to an extra length to help out the iconic Midland resident.
“He’s actually got a motorbike that doesn’t run, it needed parts, but he feels safer on that because he’s far less recognisable.
“We actually drove him to Cannington to get the parts because with the attention he’s been receiving lately, he was genuinely concerned about what would happen if he rode down there.
“There’s a risk in terms of his safety if he’s being harassed, and there’s also the risk that if you provoke him…if you poke someone long enough, in the right area, you’ll get a reaction.
“He’s a big unit, a gentle giant, but I don’t want someone coming in here crying because they’ve poked the bear and come off second best.
“I’d have to take action against Mad Dog in that scenario, but I wouldn’t be happy about it.”
Themaddogofficial have not replied to a request for comment from Echo News.