'Killer clown' wielding fake gun arrested in London

Clownpocalypse: Man wearing mask and brandishing fake gun arrested in London

A man dressed up as a clown (stock photo - Getty)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Armed police have arrested a man wearing a "killer clown" mask and brandishing a fake gun in London in the latest incident of the trend which has been dubbed 'Clownpocalypse'.

Scotland Yard announced the arrest this morning, with a spokesman giving details of the incident that occured shortly before 4pm yesterday (Tuesday). 

He said: "armed officers from Heathrow's Aviation Policing unit stopped the car on Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, and an imitation firearm was recovered".

'Clownpocalyse' began in America, spreading from South Carolina across the country. The trend, which has seen people don clown regalia to scare people, has brought a number of arrests and even seen a man shot dead in New Jersey.

The trend has now spread to a number of countries including the UK, with police warning those posing as clowns that they face prosecution. This has in turn led to a number of vigilante groups, one of which spoke to talkRADIO yesterday.