Oh, what a circus - the Bradford Clown keeps all eyes on the city

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Not the Bradford clown, but rather Tim Curry in the TV adaptation of Stephen King's novel "It". Scary though, eh? Not the Bradford clown, but rather Tim Curry in the TV adaptation of Stephen King's novel "It". Scary though, eh?

The phenomenon of the so-called "Bradford clown" continues to ignite debate, fear and fun right across the district - and the rest of the country.

Despite West Yorkshire Police firmly putting down rumours that began circulating on Tuesday claiming a sinister clown was, variously, peering in windows, committing robberies and even stabbing people, it's remaining a major talking point.

A spokesman for the police gave the very straightfaced comment: “This seems like it might be a hoax. We haven’t had any reports of crimes committed by a clown, I can say that much.”

But that notwithstanding, when the Telegraph & Argus first put the news up yesterday the story went immediately to the top of the "most read" list on our website.

Not only that, but the story was the best-read across the entire Newsquest newspaper group, of which the T&A is a part, and which includes newspapers right across the country from Scotland down to the south coast.

And the most popular search term on the T&A website today continues to be "clown".

Social networks including Twitter were on fire with discussion about the Bradford clown - with most people deathly terrified of coming across it. Fear of clowns is actually A Thing - the official title of it is coulrophobia.

Some potential coulrophobics on Twitter included:

@turban0utfitter: if this Bradford clown thing was actually real I'd c*** myself

‏@VickiLangleyy If that clown that's going round Bradford came to my window I would absolutely *** myself

@katiequinn_96 This Yorkshire clown is absolutely terrifying,  please leave Bradford.

@shaunalovesbieb That creepy clown that's going around Yorkshire has been spotted in Bradford town! If it's in Bradford tomorrow I'm gonna kms.

There was even some incisive political comment from spoof account @BradfordBatman who wrote: "I hear there’s a #BradfordClown. Come on. This is old news. There’s more than one and they’ve been running #bradford Council for years."

Twitter user @KashHussainCR7 also posted the following pic, claiming it could be the Bradford Clown.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford Clown fake pic

However, as scary as that one is, the suspicion is that the clown in this particular photo above is merely some innocent fundraiser so if he or she is seen they probably shouldn't be accosted.

The Telegraph & Argus will, of course, continue to keep a close eye on all clown-like behaviour in and around Bradford. Like they say on Crimewatch, don't have nightmares - attacks by clowns are very rare indeed. On the off-chance you do see one peering in your window, though, do get in touch with us at newsdesk@telegraphandargus.co.uk

 

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1:19pm Thu 21 Nov 13

theoutsider says...

Council Leader David Greens out on walkabout again ! only needs Rev Flowers out there as well and and its getting really scary in't City centre these days.
Council Leader David Greens out on walkabout again ! only needs Rev Flowers out there as well and and its getting really scary in't City centre these days. theoutsider

1:21pm Thu 21 Nov 13

cloudbaby says...

Wtf is that thing. KILL IT, KILL IT WITH FIRE!.
Wtf is that thing. KILL IT, KILL IT WITH FIRE!. cloudbaby

2:25pm Thu 21 Nov 13

RollandSmoke says...

A hoax you say? Well this has certainly been a year full of them. There may or may not be a trial going on at this moment as the result of another hoax but as the media have deemed it un-newsworthy it's hard to say for sure.
A hoax you say? Well this has certainly been a year full of them. There may or may not be a trial going on at this moment as the result of another hoax but as the media have deemed it un-newsworthy it's hard to say for sure. RollandSmoke

2:39pm Thu 21 Nov 13

Freddy Elliot says...

Come on T and A, let us comment on the latest story concerning Dope Airlines.
Come on T and A, let us comment on the latest story concerning Dope Airlines. Freddy Elliot

2:39pm Thu 21 Nov 13

alive and awake says...

Easier than reporting proper news stories, however if there is any truth in it, then it is anything but funny. Just like those clowns in the Town Hall
Easier than reporting proper news stories, however if there is any truth in it, then it is anything but funny. Just like those clowns in the Town Hall alive and awake

2:49pm Thu 21 Nov 13

alive and awake says...

Freddy Elliot wrote:
Come on T and A, let us comment on the latest story concerning Dope Airlines.
When do we get to comment on ex councilor FLOWERS? and his mate Ed BALLS
[quote][p][bold]Freddy Elliot[/bold] wrote: Come on T and A, let us comment on the latest story concerning Dope Airlines.[/p][/quote]When do we get to comment on ex councilor FLOWERS? and his mate Ed BALLS alive and awake

2:49pm Thu 21 Nov 13

GAMEKEEPER1809 says...

Last seen at city hall. Place is full of them.
Last seen at city hall. Place is full of them. GAMEKEEPER1809

3:50pm Thu 21 Nov 13

theoutsider says...

This Milliband-Ball-Flowe
rs 'holy trinity' could not have come at a better time for us all. Its completely ended any hope of Labour every being allowed anywhere near No 10 ever again.
As for Bratfud Carncils involvement the very fact that there are the likes of Flowers walking the corridors of 'Sheete Hall' confirms what we all knew already.
This Milliband-Ball-Flowe rs 'holy trinity' could not have come at a better time for us all. Its completely ended any hope of Labour every being allowed anywhere near No 10 ever again. As for Bratfud Carncils involvement the very fact that there are the likes of Flowers walking the corridors of 'Sheete Hall' confirms what we all knew already. theoutsider

5:25pm Thu 21 Nov 13

AHRMG1 says...

The image of the "Bradford Clown" you posted is of a lady who has been dressed like that in the town centre outside Kirkgate Market for a long while now, fundraising for various different charities.
The image of the "Bradford Clown" you posted is of a lady who has been dressed like that in the town centre outside Kirkgate Market for a long while now, fundraising for various different charities. AHRMG1

9:03pm Thu 21 Nov 13

WayneRouke says...

A Hoax? ie- Pulling the wool over our eyes, or another way is a LIE.

Heres two more hoaxes (or lies):

a) The Westfield project and its completion date
b) Bradford council being efficient and not wasting money.

Bradford has been on a slippery slope for years now, into decline. It has now reached the point of no return and is now beyond recovery.

Bradford is run by idiots, and is being invaded by all sorts of undesirables who will eventually take over the running of the city, at which point it will become lawless. The inmates are currently running the asylum, which is only marginally better than mob rule.

I have had enough. The clock is ticking. I am taking my wealth out of Bradford, to a more deserving area.
A Hoax? ie- Pulling the wool over our eyes, or another way is a LIE. Heres two more hoaxes (or lies): a) The Westfield project and its completion date b) Bradford council being efficient and not wasting money. Bradford has been on a slippery slope for years now, into decline. It has now reached the point of no return and is now beyond recovery. Bradford is run by idiots, and is being invaded by all sorts of undesirables who will eventually take over the running of the city, at which point it will become lawless. The inmates are currently running the asylum, which is only marginally better than mob rule. I have had enough. The clock is ticking. I am taking my wealth out of Bradford, to a more deserving area. WayneRouke

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