Professional Leeds clown speaks of distress over ‘scary clown’ craze sweeping the UK

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A professional clown from Leeds today told of his distress over the craze that has left sane people baffled and has resulted in scores of victims being scared out of their wits.

Activities reported from the so-called ‘scary clown’ craze range from creepy characters frightening people in passing cars to more sinister incidents

Pete Turner alias Peanut the Clown.

Pete Turner alias Peanut the Clown.

It is unclear what sparked the craze, although some claim it may be part of a horror movie publicity stunt or an elaborate hoax.

Pete Turner is Peanut the Clown and boasts thirty years of clowning, circus and teaching children about life long learning.

He says the current episode of panic and upset about the craze seems to have reached a new low for the art of clowing.

Pete, from Harehills, said: “It is directly effecting my business and practice as an entertainer but it is as an artist that I find it most distressing. This is because my career has been about the joy of childhood - the experience of innocence and trust between adults and children to create safe and skillful play.

“If we can’t guarantee our children’s safety properly then what are we doing as a society at all!”

He has produced a video which aims to address a little of the craft and art of clowning.

Video: www.denholmhewlett.co.uk

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