Residents have expressed their fears over the return of the "killer clown" craze after a group of men dressed up as clowns have been terrorising a neighbourhood.
Families in Essex have reported being stalked by a gang of men in costumes, with people in Laindon claiming to hear the clowns coming down the road as they blare "creepy music" on their way.
The clowns have also been spotted travelling in a van during the middle of the night which has left locals struggling to sleep.
One man says he was left traumatised after a group of four clowns chased him down the road at around 2am on Friday (April 29).
The 30-year-old said he is now too scared to leave his house and has warned others to "be careful."
“I started to run as they were following me, and eventually managed to get away," he explained.
“They also had a massive speaker on top of the van which was playing creepy music.
“It has made me feel really scared to walk out late at night on my own. It worries me that this is happening in my area, as it is scary, creepy and weird."
Meanwhile, a mother said she has been left frightened after hearing the “ridiculously scary” music outside of her house.
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She said: “I have four children, and late at night these men are playing ridiculously scary music keeping them awake going around Laindon.
“My children now want to move as they are scared. We just don’t know what to do.”
The late-night antics has caused speculation that it could be a prank for social media, reports The Sun.
Essex Police has since confirmed that they are yet to receive any reports about the incidents.
The craze began in the US in 2016 and soon spread to the UK, with clowns being sighted trying to access university accommodation and scaring members of the public.
But locals in Laindon have feared the worse and believe the craze could start to return.
Local councillor Alex Harrison commented on the incidents and said: “I hadn’t been contacted personally by residents about this yet, but it does sound really concerning.
“If they are playing really loud, scary music, it is something that the police need to look into.
"And also, as councillor myself, I will now be speaking to people about this and whether they have heard it too, over the next few days.”
Essex Police has been contacted for comment.
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