US ‘spooky’ clown craze spreads

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MEL­BOURNE: Sight­ings of creepy clowns that have spooked the United States ap­pear to have sparked “copy-cat” acts in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, with po­lice is­su­ing stern warn­ings for would-be clowns.

Nu­mer­ous sight­ings of clowns ap­peared on so­cial me­dia in the early hours of Sun­day in sev­eral Aus­tralian cities.

The clown sight­ings started around Greenville, South Carolina, in Au­gust, when po­lice re­ceived re­ports of clowns stand­ing silently by road­sides, lurk­ing near laun­dro­mats and try­ing to lure chil­dren into the woods with bags of cash and green laser lights.

It’s un­clear what started the craze, al­though some have sug­gested it may be part of a hor­ror movie pub­lic­ity stunt or an elab­o­rate hoax.

Since then, videos and pic­tures have ap­peared on so­cial me­dia of clowns scar­ing res­i­dents in var­i­ous US cities, as well as in Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Aus­tralian po­lice have is­sued strong warn­ings to those dress­ing as clowns, say­ing they could be com­mit­ting crim­i­nal acts or be­come vic­tims if scared cit­i­zens at­tack them. – Reuters

A ‘scary’ clown mask on sale in Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia, yes­ter­day.

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