Burnley 'clown' man a hoax

This Is Lancashire: The creator says it was just a ‘social experiment’ The creator says it was just a ‘social experiment’

THE anonymous creator of the Spot the Burnley Clown Facebook page has admitted the whole episode was a hoax.

The person behind the page, which attracted more than 6,000 followers, said it was set up as a ‘social experiment’.

Last month, hundreds of messages on Facebook and Twitter claimed the clown was spotted in the Rosegrove, Rosehill, Towneley Park and Harle Syke areas of Burnley, as well as Blackburn, Accrington, Clitheroe, Sabden and Haslingden.

Lancashire police were prompted to issue a statement after several second-hand reports of the ‘clown’ mugging people and even attacking people with baseball bats.

The Lancashire Telegraph first reported that the clown was fake on Sunday, November 21, after police said they had received no first-hand reports of any sightings.

They did, however, release a statement the following day confirming that they had taken ‘a number of calls from concerned members of the public’ regarding the clown. Pictures posted online, allegedly showing the clown in Burnley, were taken from the original Northampton clown page, which gained almost 200,000 followers on Facebook in October.

On Friday, Spot the Burnley Clown wrote: “All right Burnley, I made this page as a social experiment to see if people would believe it. I never expected 6,000-plus likes.”

It added: “There never was a clown. I just made this page and then all of a sudden Twitter and Facebook exploded with rumours and lies of a clown going round attacking people.

“There never was a clown! And yet schools had assemblies about it, the police issued statements, it was just a Facebook page! Never mind the hundreds of death threats this page received. Truly, Burnley it is you who are the clowns.”

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12:34pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Interocitor says...

I'm so glad to find out that this is a hoax because I've been suffering from repeated nightmares about it being a real clown, like Nick Clegg.
I'm so glad to find out that this is a hoax because I've been suffering from repeated nightmares about it being a real clown, like Nick Clegg. Interocitor

2:03pm Mon 30 Dec 13

DaveBurnley says...

"Truly, Burnley it is you who are the clowns.”


Well considering that the clown was also 'seen' in Blackburn it would appear that Blackburn is also well supplied with clowns.
"Truly, Burnley it is you who are the clowns.” Well considering that the clown was also 'seen' in Blackburn it would appear that Blackburn is also well supplied with clowns. DaveBurnley

3:40pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Woof Woof
Woof Woof Michael@ClitheroeSince58

4:31pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Truth will out says...

Who has time to do stuff like this? Who seemingly gets a kick from it? You've got to be fairly strange in the head.

Oh but it's a laugh - that's the usual line trotted out. It's not a laugh tho when police resources are used up that could be going to a million more important things.
Who has time to do stuff like this? Who seemingly gets a kick from it? You've got to be fairly strange in the head. Oh but it's a laugh - that's the usual line trotted out. It's not a laugh tho when police resources are used up that could be going to a million more important things. Truth will out

5:07pm Mon 30 Dec 13

shimmy says...

There was a Clown, it was you my friend
There was a Clown, it was you my friend shimmy

5:22pm Mon 30 Dec 13

POW WOW says...

What a load of time wasting and clowning about !!!!!!!!!!
What a load of time wasting and clowning about !!!!!!!!!! POW WOW

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