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A man dressed as a creepy clown has been spotted crouching behind bushes in the dark.
The ominous figure was snapped in Speke, Liverpool, last night (Wednesday 27 October), in what was presumably a premature celebration of Halloween.
The costume was comprised of a black and white clown suit with a white neck ruff and a garish mask that featured a bright red nose, purple hair and giant teeth.
Sharing photos of the bush-dwelling clown, a witness told the Liverpool Echo: "It's that's time of the year again.
"I've been out and about in Speke and I saw the clown out and about around Ganworth Road area."
The witness thought it was a 'brilliant costume', but previously, creepy clowns have been a real issue.
Back in 2016 people dressed as clowns were spotted across the UK and US, jumping out of bushes and chasing people down the street, in what was known as the 'killer clown' trend.
This year in Australia, a woman has apologised and taken down her 'triggering' Halloween decorations after a neighbour called the police.
Renee Ryan, from New South Wales in Australia, suspended a human-shaped figure in a brown bag in her garden to mark the spooky celebration.
Posting snaps of her decoration on Facebook, Ryan explained she had spent three-and-a-half hours constructing the 'body'.
However, some people thought the decoration was in poor taste, and in an update on Facebook, Ryan explained the police had paid her a visit following a complaint.
She wrote: "The cops just came to my house and told me people had rang them and said there was a body hanging from a tree."
In response to the complaint, Ryan removed it from her garden and took to social media to apologise for the decoration, which she admitted could be 'triggering' and acknowledged it could cause a 'strong reaction' in some people.
In a lengthy Facebook post detailing the situation, Ryan wrote: "To the person that called the cops again. I know who you are and I appreciate you and I am so sorry for your loss.
"At the end of the day the Halloween decoration was nothing more than foam, cardboard, plastic bags and sticky tape and if it was deconstructed in front of you it would still be the same."
She continued: "Removing the decoration isn't going to remove the pain that your heart is experiencing.
"People seem to think triggers are the worst thing ever. I have learned through personal experience that triggers are a true opportunity for growth.
"The decoration has caused a strong reaction in many people which says there are still many people hurting from the loss of loved ones."
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