Man Wearing Pennywise Mask With Knife Chased Family Through Woods
Police are on the hunt for a man wearing a 'Pennywise-style' 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.
In a Facebook post, 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: "WARNING to anyone in the Penryn area. Whilst walking near Tremough Campus/Greenwood area around 7.30 this evening, me, my sister and my 7-year-old were chased by a person in a Pennywise-style clown mask and full black clothing!
"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."
The concerned mother said residents had claimed the man matching the description had also approached them during the day, asking them to 'go with him'.
One person commented on the post claiming it looked as though the clown was carrying a knife.
Ms Hunt later added: "UPDATE: after speaking to a couple people whose children have had similar incidents with what appears to be the same person, in the same area. Some have reported that he may appear to be carrying what looks to be a long sharp object (one described it a looking like a knife).
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"I've seen some also report that this person has approached children and attempted to get them to go with them in broad daylight.
"Please log this as public order offence with the police if anyone has had an altercation similar.
"It may not have gotten physical yet but let's stop this before it does."
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.
"Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call police on 101, or email [email protected], quoting crime reference: CR/081380/19."
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