‘Killer clown’ leads to police investigation after 17-year-old boy ‘was followed along a pier by creepy costumed stranger’
- Police investigating clown sighting on Hampton Pier, Kent on Monday
- Two teens claim they were followed by a clown hiding behind the sea wall
- The incident has sparked fears about the 2016 trend that fears Britain will return
A teenager and his friend have said they were being stalked by a “killer clown,” sparking fears that the creepy trend has returned.
Police are investigating after a 17-year-old claimed he was followed Monday night by a clown hiding behind the seawall at Hampton Pier in Kent.
The teen’s mother said on Facebook: “My 17-year-old son just got home with his boyfriend and they were both followed along the Hampton Pier to just past the park by someone dressed in a full clown outfit.
“They behaved strangely, running quickly behind them, hiding and crouching behind the seawall, acting eerily as if they were playing a killer clown.
“My son and his friend hid for a few minutes and this clown was swaying back and forth by the seawall by the park.”
Police are investigating after a 17-year-old and his friend claimed they were being followed by a clown hiding behind the seawall at Hampton Pier in Kent. Pictured: A man running down a Liverpool street in a clown costume
The incident is similar to the frenzied trend of 2016, when pranksters dressed up as scary clowns and terrified the people nearby.
At the peak of the trend, which came from the United States, 50 incidents involving clowns were reported to the Kent Police Department in just three days between October 7 and 10 in 2016.
More recently, in 2018, Kent police revealed they were hunting a man dressed as a killer clown after two teenage boys were chased with a baseball bat.
The clown reportedly laughed manically when he saw the boys and chased them through an underpass.
However, there were reports across the country of people being chased down the road with knives and that a pregnant woman had given birth prematurely.
One of the most serious cases in 2016 was reported in County Durham, where a knife-wielding clown chased four children as they walked to school.
In 2016, there were reports across the country of people being chased down the road with knives, and one pregnant woman was so scared she even had to give birth prematurely
Another clown terrified a cyclist in Eastbourne, Sussex, who jumped from the bush brandishing a weapon the same year.
Police have confirmed that they have been contacted about the report of the sighting on Monday, but “no criminal offenses have been identified.”
A spokesperson said: ‘The person has not attempted to talk to the boys and no criminal offenses have been identified.
“A local patrol has searched the area, but no one matched the description.”