Creepy clowns have been terrorising schoolchildren across America in recent months, and now it seems they have arrived in Australia.
The haunting figures have been spotted loitering at parks, near railway tracks and in woodlands in a spate of incidents across the U.S sparking widespread fear.
This week some were even apparently caught on camera in Sydney, and Victoria Police were forced to issue a statement warning people about the creepy characters, state Australia clown sightings.
However the spooky sightings have been laughed off by some as nothing more than a stunt.
A number of Facebook pages dedicated to hunting clowns across Australia have emerged as the hysteria over sightings continues.
Photos posted to social media apparently show one clown lurking near a fast-food joint in Campbelltown in Sydney’s west, reveal latest Australia clown sightings.
Another shows a clown laying flat on his back after being ‘knocked out’ by a passerby, however it is unclear whether this is actually what took place.
One more image shows a woman confronting a clown, hitting him in the face with a long object.
The sightings have not been limited to Sydney, and on Friday Victoria Police issued a warning about clowns frightening people in Melbourne.
‘Victoria Police are aware of people who are parading in the public wearing clown masks,’ they said.
‘The clown purge appears to be a copycat of incidents being seen in the USA recently.
‘Any intimidating and threatening as well as anti-social behaviours will not be tolerated and will be investigated by Police.
These latest Australian sightings come off the back of mass ‘clown hysteria’ in the States, after spooky suspects were caught creeping around children.
There has also been widespread speculation that the appearance of the horrifying characters are related to the release of Stephen King’s new movie, It.
It features Pennywise the clown, and King responded to the frenzy this week tweeting: ‘Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria–most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.’
Online Source: Daily Mail Australia.