A creepy clown who has gained a worldwide online following by just standing motionless in the street has denied intending to scare anyone.
The so-called Northampton Clown has now attracted more than 125,000 likes on Facebook.
In an interview with the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, the unnamed performer described his appearances at various locations around the town as "a bit of harmless fun".
The clown said: "I just wanted to amuse people. Most people enjoy being a bit freaked out and then they can laugh about it afterwards.
"It's like watching a horror movie. When people get scared, they usually start laughing."
The clown, wearing an all-in-one suit and an outsize bow tie, has reportedly left some local residents terrified by standing around on street corners and staring at passers-by.
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