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Freakish STEPHEN KING disciples of FEAR in clown face makeup spur crime wave of terror.
Multiple reports say there is a rise in clown-related crimes sweeping parts of northwest England with disturbing reports of people being harassed and chased by the painted perps.
Once incident involved a teen boy’s claim to constables that a balloon wielding clown tried to snatch him the Manchester Evening News reported. 
The alleged snatch attempt right out of the Stephen King horror film, "It," is the rubber nosed tip of 19 (count ‘em) clown-related crimes handled by police,
Last November, a clown brandishing a knife reputedly swiped a bike amid other disturbing reports of a man dressed like a clown following small children to school.
The Mirror reported  that tales of a clown strolling brazenly with a baseball bat led to numerous police calls by residents in Lancashire, England.
In Bury, there were two reports of a peeping clown peering into homes in the dead of night.
"Nobody has been assaulted and it appears that the people involved are waiting for a passerby to be startled by their appearance and run away, and then the clown runs after them for a short distance," Superintendant Carl Edwards told the BBC. 
"The clowning profession can do without stupid people who don't understand the profession and appreciate that it is a performing art and not a spontaneous jolly jape," Dave Tawney, European director of the World Clown Association said.
It is unclear if the circus was in town during these alleged Pennywise sightings.