No clown­ing around over new craze

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

PO­LICE are warn­ing of a so­cial­me­dia in­spired clown craze set to sweep Aus­tralia af­ter a teenage girl was chased and grabbed by three peo­ple wear­ing clown masks at the week­end.

In an in­ci­dent thought to be in­spired by the re­lease of Stephen King’s It, 16-year-old Ras­tana Baker claims she was scratched on the neck af­ter pulling away when she was grabbed by a per­son in a clown mask in Perth’s south­ern sub­urbs. The teenager said she had been walk­ing to a friend’s house for a sleep­over about 7.15pm when a car stopped behind her and three peo­ple got out wear­ing clown masks and dark cloth­ing.

“I didn’t want to look back a sec­ond time but I could tell they were behind me when I heard them laugh­ing,” Ras­tana said.

“When I did turn around I saw the wigs and clown faces. They were run­ning in and out of the bushes, run­ning up to me and mak­ing clown noises.”

Ras­tana claims when she tried to run away one clown grabbed her by the shoul­der. Af­ter break­ing free she ran to her friend’s house and called po­lice.

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