Why Is A Creepy Clown Terrorizing a British Town?

The residents of Northampton, England are living in a nightmare scenario straight out of a Stephen King novel. Someone in Northhampton is dressing up as a creepy clown, carrying a bouquet of balloons and standing on random street corners staring at people passing by. His white makeup and wild red hair is spooking grown adults and small children alike.

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He has been known to sometimes knock on people’s doors, offering to paint their homes, but he never carries any painting equipment with him.

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The Atlantic Wire reports:

The clown isn’t doing anything violent, mind you, so it’s not exactly like a Stephen King novel. But it’s close! Because clowns are terrifying, and they scare people. The Northampton Herald & Post reports clowns have been popping up in random places all across town lately, so much so that a hashtag and a Facebook group were created to track the sightings. The Northampton Chronicle reports police believe multiple people are behind the clown sightings. A warning was issued so residents wouldn’t be so startled the next time a clown is standing in the middle of the side walk.

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Gawker Reports:

Local police have issued a warning following multiple sighting of the costumed creep — or creeps — and at least two hashtags have been created to track the Stephen King fanatic’s every move.

A Facebook page claiming to be associated with the Northampton Clown has debunked several popular rumors related to the stunt, including that it is being perpetrated by teenagers, that it is a promotion for the popular “scare attraction” Dr. Fright’s Night, and that it is part of a set-up for the filming of a mockumentary about a “local clown.”

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One theory is that the clown is part of a viral marketing campaign for the horror film All Hallows’ Eve. Check it out for yourself:

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