World clown boss condemns creepy craze
The World Clown Association president says he is totally against the current worldwide craze of people dressing up as clowns to terrorise people.
Randy Christensen said the craze was being propelled by social media and the association did not consider people participating in it as clowns.
'"We're full of people that love children, bring smiles and want to help people laugh and bring comic relief," he said.
"The people dressing up are trying to scare people, no professional clown would ever take part in anything like that."
Mr Christensen said clowns who were members of the association had had job cancellations and felt the incidents were having a negative impact on how society viewed them.
The first incidents were reported this month of clowns trying to lure children into woods in South Carolina in the US.
The trend has spread globally including to Australia.
A 19-year-old man dressed as a clown has been accused of chasing a group of teenage girls to a WA police station on Saturday night.
He was charged with disorderly behaviour and possessing a disguise (pictured), which is unlawful if used to conceal one's identity while committing an offence.
A woman reported hitting a pedestrian dressed as a clown in Perth about 12.30am on Sunday, but the person could not be found after they ran into nearby bushland.
Victorian, Queensland and South Australian police have warned people they do not tolerate any anti-social behaviour.
A Facebook group called Perth Clown Purge began last week, telling followers "we are coming".
On Monday they posted "since school is back tomorrow we will be shutting down one school".
Another Facebook group, also titled Perth Clown Purge, posted that their page was being shut down due to a police investigation.