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This is a photo of the creepy clown spooking residents of Northampton.

“He doesn’t juggle. He doesn’t twist balloons into animal shapes. He just stares.”

Those were the details reported by the Northampton Herald and Post today, and may be part of the reason locals are feeling a bit unnerved by a mysterious stranger dressed in full clown makeup who began standing outside their homes in a town north of London.

Appropriately enough, the clown first appeared on Friday the 13th.

Here’s the story as reported by the Herald Sun:

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.

Now personally I don’t suffer from coulrophobia (fear of clowns), but if I saw this guy standing outside my window, I still think I’d freak out!

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, sparking an editorial asking why would people be upset by a circus figure?

Apparently, that editor never read Stephen King’s “IT.”

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