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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 in 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 – who has exploded on social media in the UK – even sparked a police warning.
Police said they were looking to track down 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.