‘Clown purge’: SA Police warns against anti-social behaviour

SA Police has warned against threatening behaviour, after a 'clown purge' Facebook page surfaced on Friday. Photo: File
SA Police has warned against threatening behaviour, after a 'clown purge' Facebook page surfaced on Friday. Photo: File

SOUTH AUSTRALIA – SA Police has warned against anti-social behaviour, after a ‘clown purge’ Facebook page surfaced early on Friday, October 7.

In the US, a number of sightings of people wearing threatening clown costumes have been reported recently, with accounts coming from multiple cities. 

Now, it appears the ‘clown purge’ has arrived in Australia, with creepy clowns spotted in Western Australia and Victoria.

A Facebook page called ‘Clown Purge - Adelaide’ surfaced early on Friday morning.

It claims the ‘clowns’ are “settled quite well” in towns and cities around the state, including Adelaide, Victor Harbor, Murray Bridge, and Strathalbyn.

An SA Police spokesperson urged anyone who sees suspicious behaviour to contact police straight away.

“Police are aware of recent reports from interstate and overseas concerning situations where people have dressed up as clowns and have randomly attempted to scare or threaten others. This has occurred primarily in public places,” the spokesperson said.

“Police will not tolerate anti-social or threatening behaviour. We encourage members of the public to report any of this behaviour to police.

“Police would like to emphasise to those who may intend to engage in this kind of behaviour, for whatever intention, that it could potentially result in danger to them or other members of the public – particularly for people who may suffer from a health condition or who may retaliate as a result of feeling threatened.”

The spokesperson said any reported threats would be taken seriously, with appropriate action taken. 

“If you witness someone behaving suspiciously in your area please phone the Police Assistance Line immediately on 131 444.”

Have you seen a creepy clown in South Australia? Email us at dani.brown@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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