Creepy clown freaks out town


The creepy clown has been caught on camera in several locations around Northhampton. Picture: via Twitter Source: Supplied

IS this some kind of joke?

A clown – with red wig and full make-up and sometimes holding balloons – is freaking out residents of one English town, the local paper reports.

He is red-haired and white faced and has surfaced several locations across Northampton, a town of 215,000, 100km north of London, over the past few days since his first appearance on Friday the 13th

The Northampton Clown – which has exploded on social media in the UK – has even sparked a police warning.

Police said they were looking to track two teenagers who were caught dressed as clowns, and had been caught acting in a peculiar fashion.

As reported in the Northampton Herald and Post: “He doesn’t juggle. He doesn’t twist balloons into animal shapes. He just stares.”

A woman alleged that the clown had knocked on her door in full clown attire before then offering to paint her window sills.

Many have been left feeling frightened by the clown.

Others see it as a joke. But a few are upset and vigilantes have threatened to “get” the clown, saprking an editorial asking why would people be upset by a circus figure?

One reason could be coulrophobia, which is the fear of clowns.

A study conducted by the University of Sheffield found that the children did not like clown decor in the hospital or physicians’ office settings. The survey was about children’s opinions on decor for an upcoming hospital redesign.

Dr Penny Curtis, a researcher, stated “We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found the clown images to be quite frightening and unknowable

A Facebook page has now been set up for the clown called Spot Northampton’s Clown which has already achieved more than 19,000 likes in three days. The hashtag #northamptonclown is also trending strongly on Twitter.

The mystery bars some similarity to a sinister figure dressed in camos and wearing a gas mask caught on camera lurking in the woods in western Switzerland.

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