‘We are coming for you’: Sinister clown craze takes an ugly turn as vigilantes vow to hunt down the costumed creeps appearing across Australia
- Creepy clowns have been spotted terrorising victims across Australia
- Reports surfaced of masked pranksters being assaulted in Sydney
- Footage of clowns menacing victims with machetes as craze intensifies
- Sightings overnight in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia
- Craze spawned in US has taken root across Australia with copycats
- Speculation is rife that the incidences are a huge publicity stunt
The clown craze putting Australia on high alert is intensifying as costumed creeps menace victims with machetes and vigilantes lash out at the pranksters.
Photographs of sinister clowns in all corners of the country have fuelled social media hysteria and prompted 'clown hunting' groups to take matters into their own hands.
Facebook posts claim a clown was hospitalised after being king-hit in Sydney - hours after after the 'Clown Purge Sydney' ominously warned 'we are coming for you.'
Authorities have scaled up their warnings, with NSW and Victoria Police taking aim at the US-born craze as it well and truly takes root in Australia.
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Chilling footage has surfaced showing a clown striking the bonnet of a car with a machete in Caboolture, Queensland
A masked prankster was reportedly seen spooking a drive-through restaurant worker in Eagle Vale, NSW
Images of sinister clowns in all corners of the country (pictured: Erskine, Perth) is fuelling social media hysteria
More copyacat pranksters in Broken Hill in NSW (left) and Perth in Western Australia (right)
Campbelltown police Inspector Tara Norton warned the phenomenon was fraught with danger for both the pranksters and the victims, Macarthur Chronicle reported.
'There's the potential for retaliation or people could be seriously hurt or could die by trying to get away. You also don't know if the person has a physical condition or mental condition where this behaviour could have disastrous effect.
'Don't get involved with a group of people going out to do something so ridiculous and dangerous. If you do, be prepared to face the consequences which will be serious.'
Fresh images and footage show haunting jesters - some appearing to wield weapons - menacing onlookers in restaurants and caravan parks.
Clown-hunting Facebook groups, some boasting tens of thousands of likes, suggest residents are coming to blows with the copycat pranksters.
However a NSW police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia they had not received any reports of the supposed assault in Caringbah, south Sydney.
Grainy footage appears to show a clown wielding a weapon through the driver's door of a car in Melbourne
A crown lurks outside a car in Bankstown, Sydney
Sightings have been springing up on social media in droves, with one clown shown in Melbourne (left) and another in Grafton (right)
The phenomenon spawned in the US after social media users shared images of sinister clowns lurking in parks, highways and luring children into the woods.
Some snapshots appear to show violence erupting between the clowns and their victims, with one laying flat on his back after being 'knocked out' by a passer-by, and another showing a woman hitting one with a long object.
Victoria Police issued a warning about clowns frightening people in Melbourne.
'Victoria Police are aware of people who are parading in the public wearing clown masks,' a statement said.
'The clown purge appears to be a copycat of incidents being seen in the USA recently.'
In Mandura, Western Australia, clowns have reportedly been horrifying people near supermarkets
This spine-tingling CCTV footage appears to show a clown lurking outside a house in Perth
This clown was apparently spotted outside a fast food joint in Campbelltown on Thursday night
The Australian sightings come on the heels of mass 'clown hysteria' in the States after spooky clowns were caught creeping around children.
There has also been widespread speculation the appearance of the horrifying characters are related to the release of Stephen King's new movie, It.
It features Pennywise the clown, and King responded to the frenzy this week tweeting: 'Hey, guys, time to cool the clown hysteria--most of em are good, cheer up the kiddies, make people laugh.'
Some snapshots appear to show violence erupting between the clowns and their victims, with one laying flat on his back after being 'knocked out' by a passer-by
This image shows a woman confronting a clown, hitting him in the face with a long object
There has been speculation that the sightings are linked to remake of Stephen King's 'It' - which features Pennywise the clown (pictured)
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