Eastbourne pensioner, 76, left terrified after clown incident

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A pensioner has been left terrified after a ‘clown’ appeared at the window of her Langney home.

The woman lives in Kingfisher Drive and was being put to bed by carers on Sunday night when she noticed a man dressed as a clown at her window.

One of the carers also saw the figure and another chased the clown, who was with a group of teenagers, up the road.

The incident happened at around 10.15pm.

Police were called and officers are investigating but the woman said she was terrified and upset.

“There was a tap at the window and when I looked there was a clown’s face looking at me,” said the woman.

“He stuck his tongue out and put his white gloves up at the window. It was horrible.

“It really shook me up, it was so frightening and I can’t stop thinking about it.”

The incident is one of a number which have been reported after the so called killer clown craze began to sweep across the country.

Last night a group of teenage girls were confronted by a man dressed as a clown and wielding a knife close to Old Town rec near Sancroft Road.

Sussex Police are advising pranksters not to dress up as a clown and frighten strangers with a weapon after the force received numerous calls over the weekend from people feeling intimidated by the new trend.

Inspector Simon Starns said, “We are aware this is a trend that has come over from America as Halloween is approaching.

“However while is not an offence to dress up as a clown and prank your mates, we don’t advise people to do this to strangers in the current climate of heightened security and it is an offence to carry an offensive weapon or an item which could be perceived to be a weapon.

“We will respond if someone feels threatened and the culprit could end up being arrested and then they won’t find it so funny.”

Last week police received a report from a cyclist, who was riding north along the national cycle route to Golden Jubilee Way, Eastbourne, on Wednesday (October 5), about a person dressed as a clown who jumped out from a bush holding what he believed to be an offensive weapon.

The man didn’t speak to him and made no attempts to harm him but was still shaken by the incident.

Insp Starns said, “While we realise that reports of this kind are not restricted to just the Sussex area, the issues of intimidation, potential arrest and waste of public resources are the same across the country and we would urge people to refrain from such activity.”