Mystery clown terrorizes UK town

Posted at 10:06 PM, Sep 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-18 23:06:48-04

NORTHAMPTON, UK (WTVR) – A mystery is afoot in a quaint, sleepy town in Britain. Someone is dressing up as a clown and posting photos of their nighttime exploits on Facebook.

The creepy clown, who resembles the Pennywise character from Stephen King's “It,” has been apparently lurking in the streets  since Friday the 13th.

The mystery clown posts photos on his Facebook page, which had amassed over 120,000 likes at last check, along with messages that end with Stephen King's signature “beep, beep.” [LINK: Northampton clown's Facebook page]

Folks in the English town of Northampton aren't sure what to make of all the buzz, but hope they do not have a run-in with the clown.

"I'd probably run away. He's got quite a mean face on him," said one resident.

Callum Jones, the unofficial clown correspondent at the Northampton Chronicle, has been following the story since last week.

"I think he's an older guy. He's quite clever,” said Jones. “I don't think he knows social media that well. He doesn't know how Twitter works."

The last confirmed clown sighting was by a statue in town around midnight Sunday.

The identity of the person behind the mask remains a mystery, but his latest Facebook post Wednesday night was rather cryptic.

The clown said some details of the mystery would be revealed in the Northampton Chronicle's next edition. Additionally, another Facebook post stated a "big surprise for you all" was in the works for the end of the week.