"Killer clowns" have already been spotted terrorising unsuspecting victims across the UK in the build up to Halloween.
The horrifying trend, which is commonly reported around the Halloween period, sees youngsters terrorising the streets dressed in the scary outfits.
The first killer clown incidents occurred in the US in 2016, but the horrifying phenomenon quickly caught on and spread to other parts of the world.
Numerous reports were also lodged last year, with a child in Brentford reportedly being chased by one of the sick pranksters and a knife-wielding "killer clown" chasing two children in east London.
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And everyone's least-favourite Halloween tradition shows no sign of vanishing, with fresh reports of the horrifying pranksters already cropping up in Birmingham and Somerset.
Police have been contacted by residents who say a "killer clown" is in danger of making Ploverdale Crescent, Kingswinford, a no-go area, BirminghamLive reports.
According to residents, officers are tracing the footsteps of the rogue Big Top entertainer.
Locals described the confrontations as "sinister" and have taken CCTV footage in a bid to find the culprit.
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On September 17, the individual approached a young couple delivering leaflets.
At first they thought he was on his way to a children's party. Then the red-nosed individual "stared out" the 19-year-old woman before guffawing in her face.
Her companion told Black Country Live: "He stared at my girlfriend for a minute or so and started to laugh like a clown.
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"At first I just thought he was on his way to a children’s party or something, I didn’t see him that clearly.
"We tried to ignore him and carried on doing the leaflets, we tried to pay no attention to him to see if he would stop. But as we got closer, he got in his car and opened his passenger door and asked me if I was someone he knew.
"When I said no, he started laughing more. It was a scary experience for both of us. I went out last night and spent half the time looking over my shoulder."
The "victim" has provided a detailed description.
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He added: "He was about 5ft 8ins tall. He was wearing clown face paint, false clown teeth, no top on with a black cap and joggers. He was laughing like a clown and had knife scars on his belly."
At 4pm on the same day, a paperboy in nearby Water Street was so shocked he cycled into a nearby park to escape.
His mother posted on a community forum: "My son phoned me to say what had happened – and kept the call going.
"As he approached Ploverdale, my son was hysterical. The clown stopped by him again. Myself and his dad ran after him, but he had gone by the time we got there. Police have been informed."
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Another householder posted: "He was wearing false teeth or something like that in his mouth – scary!"
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police confirmed complaints had been received, but, as yet, there is no reason to believe a crime has been committed.
She added: "We received calls on Thursday about a man driving in the Kingswinford area either wearing a clown mask or with his face painted and allegedly intimidating pedestrians.
"Officers have been attempting to identify the driver. It is unclear at this stage whether any criminal offences have been committed."
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In Somerset a "killer clown" was spotted in Evercreech, near Shepton Mallet, SomersetLive reports.
A video shows him walking down a residential street, complete with orange hair and white face makeup.
In the video, he walks down the street in the direction of the person taking the video, before breaking into a run towards the end of the clip.
The video was posted on social media, with some people taking it as a sign that Halloween has arrived early in Somerset this year.
An Evercreech resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said the clown was going around "to lighten the mood".
They said: "I think Halloween has come early!
"It was just a laugh, he was just trying to lighten the mood a bit.
"Yes it did [have the intended effect]."
But not everyone was happy to see the entertainer with a voice in the clip saying: "It's too creepy. Stop."
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