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Clown News: Creepy Staten Island clown, Manchester and Cambridge Clowns also on the loose!!

3 Apr

 

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Here’s something I never thought I’d be revisting, but once again I’m back with more new Clown News, a feature that has been rather popular here on the Grinning Skull blog. Ok, so I thought as many did, that the clown craze was just a fad that had died out, but I was wrong.

Not to be out done by us Brits, across the pond, a familiar face seems to have taken a vacation to the US, and as you can plainly see, now the Staten Island area of NY has aquired their very own northampton clown lookie-likie! Could it be either that he’s taking a holiday, or that he has cloned (or should I say Clowned!) himself?

America beware, the clowns are coming!! (please note: this was trecently revealed as a publicity stunt, so still the UK seems the home of the creepy clowns!)

Creepy Staten Island clown spotted around borough, spooks residents  – NY Daily News.

Also back at the beginning of march, there was more clown madness in the North west of England, with even more reports of clowing around, another indication that things were far from over regarding creepy clown sightings…

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/bizarre-spate-clown-related-crimes-reported-6790126

And now there are reports of a new clown criminal on the scene, this time down south in Cambridge, will the craze ever stop? Everytime there seems to be a lull in the sightings, up pop more costumed weirdos! Full story on auntie beeb’s website here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-26838320

Even back in January, the MET revealed they were dealing with over a hundred clown related incidents…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-25888992

Is this all an indication that we are about to see a resurgence of costumed chaos?

Only time will tell…..

 

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CLOWN NEWS: South Yorkshire Police speak out about recent clown sightings

21 Nov

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Police quell fears over Doncaster spooky clown ‘sightings’ – The Star.

In this article from the Star newspaper (and online) which states the Safer neighbourhoods team say:

“We are aware that there are a number of reports circulating on social media of a clown being seen on the streets of South Yorkshire.“There have been no actual sightings of a clown reported to police or any crimes committed.”

If this is “true”, then I find it hard to believe that no one has made any reports at all. I think its more likely that they are trying to downplay the clown crisis, just to stop the fear and worry. Methinks a request for information (freedom of information and all that) will be in order, just to see exactly how many reports SYP have recieved about it.

With the uproar of tonights clown sighting around here, not only were paramedics alerted, but also police officers, already with this fact, the statement is already false! Even my mother-in-law rang up to enquire about her concern when the thing started, and I also imagine that others have done so as well! Wait till some old dear gets a shock from a clown and keels over dead? Just harmless fun then is it?

Obviously people are scared, understandably so, its not everyday a costumed psycho taps on your windows dressed as a clown! Yes I know that the rumours are just that, rumours, but no one can deny that somethings going on. the residents round here were almost getting pitchforks and flaming torches to hunt down and lynch the culprit (which in today’s fiasco, there were two occasions to the same place, either the same one or there is another working in pairs etc.)

I still think its just a load of publicity seeking pranksters, scaring folks for fun. But even so, the intent to scare and harass must be considered some type of criminal act? How police can say no crime has occurred is strange, surely tresspass at least, they seem to have no trouble usually making up stuff to charge people with, why not now?

This article here detailing the Grimsby clown is a new one for the list, and a bit more well researched than usual, only thing is if that picture is the actual Scunthorpe clown, he’s not even scary! It’s like Mr Tumble has just raided a charity shop! Admittedly the Market Rasen clown is more creepy, but it seems that at this rate every town and city in the UK will end up with a clown, all you need is some silly fucker with a £19.99 clown outfit and a latex mask off ebay!

http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/just-harmless-fun-Rumours-circulate-clown/story-20111528-detail/story.html

Keep any bits coming in, especially pics, locations or videos.

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CLOWN NEWS: Mansfield Clown identified as the Rainworth clown, could be circus hoax?

20 Nov

Northampton clown says he is ‘glad’ to have inspired Mansfield clown as speculation continues | Nottingham Post.

So, i think we’ve worked out something about the mysterious clown in this picture. This is the Rainworth Clown, the clown pretender to that of the Northampton clown’s place as hot property. You’ll see in the above article that the Northampton clown is pleased he inspired this publicity stunt for a visiting circus, and that the clown in the picture is even a woman!

I’d heard its name mentioned, but failed to see this from last week. Also they have a page over on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Rainworthsclownpage

Could the other numerous sightings be part of a big publicity stunt for a travelling circus? With new sightings of a clown in more areas of Doncaster (Intake, Cantley and Balby) and York, Bolton and Burnley, you could say that this seems to be mainly a Northern phenomenon, could there be a big coordinated effort for some huge publicity stunt?

Please keep the info coming in, and thanks too everyone who’s come forward with news (Unknown, Joanne and Laura)

Updated Sightings list:

Doncaster and surrounding areas;

Further sightings of mystery clowns in the following additional areas:

  • Sheffield
  • Rotherham
  • Alvethorpe
  • Outwood
  • Wakefield
  • Scunthorpe
  • York
  • Skegness
  • Bolton
  • Burnley
  • Confirmed and documented sightings in Chesterfield and Mansfield (The Rainworth Clown)

More updates when more news comes.

Beep beep everybody!

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CLOWN NEWS: VIDEO: Is this the Doncaster Clown? Plus more sightings and round up.

20 Nov

Is this mystery creep, really the now infamous Doncaster clown? Many thanks to Maz and Brett for pointing me in the way of this video, posted recently on facebook. It was taken in the Rossington area, near the Hare & Tortoise pub, and quite clearly shows a very evil looking figure, which looks at first like a dummy, but as the video unfolds, it begins to move.

Although we can not substantiate this as being the actual doncaster clown in question, its a good candidate don’t you think? take a look for yourself and make your own mind up about its authenticity. i would love t have a screen grab of the clown in the video to show in the post heading, but alas, my programs elude me for the option, so if anyone out there could help me out with a good clear grab for further analysis, please let me know if you could help me out.

Click on the link below for the video (I couldn’t host it here)

Bish UltraMantis Massey | Facebook.

Sightings update:

Well, the response to the last clown news article has been absolutely batshit crazy, having recieved well over 100,000 hits here in the last day, it seems like there really is some meat on the bone of the various rumours of the latest spate of clown sightings (This could end up like a sport, clown spotting) with evil clown stalkers in not only Mansfield, and Chesterfield, but rumours of the prolific Doncaster Clown. The overall information is still pretty sketchy and mostly unconfirmed, so please bear that in mind and do treat every rumour with a pinch of salt until we can assertain real facts concerning this surreal phenomena. Indeed there is probably some truth to as and how the rumours started, but the more I dig, the stranger it all becomes.

We are also not alone in our town in the clown phenomenon, with news coming in with parts of Sheffield, Wakefield, Scunthorpe and others having copycat clowns as well. Looks as if the clown invasion has begun!

What I’d like to ask is that if you know anything regarding these sightings, or pics or video, please let me know and I’ll do my best to edit it all together here and keep a track of it (besides, most stuff about the Doncaster clown gets directed to here anyway) This way, you can take an objective look at any evidence  and make your own mind up about the whole thing!

What do we know (rumour wise):

I thought I’d put up what we have so far, again your input is greatly appreciated in the mystery clown rumour mill, just so those out there (and myself) who want to know just what the hell is going on about the weirdness. I want to concentrate on the most recent stuff (not the northampton clown or the carrick fergus ones that probably started the whole thing) instead the mystery surrounding the newer sightings as these may prove to be even more interesting and bizarre than the clown that started it!

There have been new clown sightings in the following parts of the Doncaster and surrounding area:

Further sightings of mystery clowns in the following additional areas:

  • Sheffield
  • Rotherham
  • Alvethorpe
  • Outwood
  • Wakefield
  • Scunthorpe
  • Skegness
  • Confirmed and documented sightings in Chesterfield and Mansfield

Witnesses or rumours reported to include the following details:

  • Tapping or knocking on windows and doors, or looking through windows (many sightings)
  • Skipping across roads or down streets.
  • Asking to clean/paint windows and sills.
  • Carrying items such as toys or baloons.
  • Two spotted at once (unconfirmed)
  • Trying to lure children from homes (unconfirmed)
  • Carrying a knife/blade (unconfirmed)
  • Non threatening behaviour.
  • At least two images or pics of what is reported to be the Doncaster clown (well, we have one video, can we find the other/s?)
  • There are a total of 13 clowns that each claim a suburb of Doncaster to haunt.

Summing up so far:

My thoughts on this whole thing is that, even so the pranks/stunts may seem evil or sinister, I have no doubt that this is just some harmless pranksters attempt at a laugh, but I do sympathise with the caulrophobes out there, it can’t be nice living in fear like this.

Even so the notion of the 13 clowns theory is quite a mad concept, I think we are looking at many rather than just one or two, either that or one clown is driving up and down the area to cause chaos! It truly is one of strangest things I have heard of in a very long time, I think thats why it’s so intregueing, just why are people doing this? What is the reason in the sheer amount of rumours circulating about? Is there an underground conclave of secret clown councils, intent on taking over!?

We live in a very mad and messed up world.

More news as it comes in.

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