The Creepy Clown Phenomenon Sweeping Australia Explained

2016-10-10 04:00:31Z
Phoebe Newling
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We all know now that Australia is in the grip of a weird clown sighting phenomenon... and Australian police are NOT tolerating it at all! 

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The phenomenon which appears to have started in the US seems to have spread like wildfire following initial reports from the state of South Carolina. It was reported that the participants dressed as creepy clowns were trying to lure children into the woods.  

It was presumed that the craze may have been part of promoting Stephen King's  IT film remake, but the production studio New Line has denied such reports.

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The craze has spread to Australia via social media, with clown purge Facebook groups springing up across the country. With mutliple sightings of scary clowns across the nation. 

"The clown purge appears to be a copycat of incidents being seen in the US," Victoria Police wrote on Facebook

"Any intimidating or threatening, as well as anti-social behaviours will not be tolerated and will be investiagted. Please contact your local police station if you have any concerns."

“It is important to remember that dressing as a clown isn’t against the law, however should a person engage in activity that is criminal, anti-social or threatening towards other people, police will investigate,” a police spokesperson said.

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Police are urging people to appropriately report clown related incidents to their local police station, rather than taking to social media. 

Image Credit: New Line Cinema 

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