‘Killer clowns’ reportedly spotted in Southampton

One was arrested in Newcastle with a knife on Tuesday


Creepy ‘killer clowns’ have apparently been spotted around Southampton.

People on Twitter have been worked into a frenzy amid claims people dressed as creepy clowns have been seen around the city.

The craze, which started on college campuses in the US, now seems to have spread to UK soil.

A Facebook page called “clown sightings UK” posted yesterday that a clown was spotted in Hedge End.

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Another submission posted by the page claimed that a group of girls had been chased down by two clowns yesterday in the Southampton area. The poster said: “It felt like a horror movie”.

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No verified sightings have been confirmed, but people have reported seeing clowns jumping out of bushes and chasing pedestrians down the street.

Elsewhere in the UK, clown sightings have been rife in Newcastle, prompting Northumbria Police to issue a statement. It said: “Tonight, officers have arrested a teenage boy in Blakelaw in possession of a bladed article in connection with one of such clown incidents.

“This arrest should act as a clear warning to others who are actively seeking to cause distress and potentially harm others.

“This behaviour will not be tolerated by Northumbria Police and extra officers will be on hand to offer reassurance and catch those responsible for any criminal offences which have taken place.”

Now the trend seems to have spread to Southampton, and people are not happy. The original posts on the sightings have received hundreds of comments and generated over 1,000 shares.

One person wrote: “These people need to get a fucking job and stop wasting people’s time.”