The poor residents of Northampton, England are living in a nightmare scenario straight out of a Stephen King novel right now. Someone dressed as a clown keeps popping up around town and spooking grown adults and small children alike.
The clown isn't doing anything violent, mind you, so it's exactly like a Steven King novel. But it's close! Because clowns are terrifying, and they scare people. The Northampton Herald & Post reports clowns have been popping up in random places all across town lately, so much so that a hashtag and a Facebook group were created to track the sightings. The Northampton Chronicle reports police believe multiple people are behind the clown sightings. A warning was issued so residents wouldn't be so startled the next time a clown is standing in the middle of the side walk.
The Northampton clown is terrifying residents wherever he goes:
Been scaring the crap out of my sister because the #northamptonclown was spotted literally less than 50 metres from our house...— Pineapple (@_Cucumberrr_) September 15, 2013
This #NorthamptonClown is flipping terrifying.— Dan Whittaker (@whittaker39) September 15, 2013
But Northampton residents can rest easy knowing there's now another vigilante roaming the streets protecting them with the ultimate mission of catching these dastardly clowns:
Somehow I'm not convinced the town will rest easier knowing that guy's out there.
This post originally appeared on The Atlantic Wire.