Frightened children phone Childline over 'killer clowns'

'Creepy killer clown' sightings have been reported in the US, UK and also Netherlands.

Youngsters terrified by the sinister "killer clown" craze sweeping the United Kingdom have been turning to Childline for help.

One man in Britain isn't going to let crazed killer clowns take over the streets.

BBC Cumbria has credited a local costume company, Cumbria Superheroes, for masterminding this innovative plan.

They have reassured that the caped crusader is not a vigilante, but he is only trying to reassure local children who are scared of the 'killer clowns'.

One picture also appeared online of Batman appearing to chase one of the clowns, but it remains unclear if it was staged or not.

It says: "Hi Batman, my name is xxx". A clown jumped out and scared some kids just before I got there.

On Tuesday night 17-year-old Owen Russell, from Anston, was left covered in blood and needing stitches after a clown threw a branch at his head.

Police warned the activities are very unsafe and constitute a criminal offence in a press release issued Thursday.

Hampshire Police said there had been a number of reports of such incidents across the county with many schoolchildren being un-nerved after reading stories on the internet.

On Wednesday, officers from Surrey Police were called to Sythwood Primary School in Woking following reports of up to four people dressed as clowns standing at the gates.

Writing on the Yateley Community Facebook page, one resident reported seeing two clowns in Yateley Green Woods on Sunday October 9.

Cumbria Police has warned that it will take action against anyone found to be terrorising others on the streets, and that they may be committing a criminal offence.

Warwickshire Police has received 14 reports of clown-related incidents in the past week alone, however not all of these reports relate to public disturbances.

The "killer clown" phenomenon began with people in creepy clown masks scaring and threatening people in several USA states and there have since been a number of sightings in England, Scotland and Wales over the last few weeks.

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