Police are on the hunt for a man wearing a Pennywise clown mask after he allegedly terrorised a group of families and even tried to get children to ‘go with him’ in broad daylight.
Mum Ashleigh Hunt warned parents about the creepy stranger after claiming she and her seven-year-old daughter had been chased through the woods near a University of Exeter campus site in Penryn, Cornwall.
Ms Hunt said the man was dressed up as the murderous killer clown from horror movie IT, which was based on a novel by Stephen King.
She said: “My daughter is so terrified she won’t even go to the bathroom without me and she cries if I have to leave the room. Police are out looking. Be vigilant people.”
Police are now investigating the reported incident.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called with a report of a public order offence (use threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour to cause harassment/alarm) in Penryn at around 7pm on Saturday 7 September.
“An unknown person wearing a clown mask and black cape approached two females in a wooded area near to Green Lane and chased them when they ran away in fear.
“The suspect, believed to be male, is described as being around 5ft 11ins in height and was wearing a ‘Pennywise’ mask.
“Officers attended the scene and carried out an extensive search of the area but all they found was a Red Balloon.