The wave of ‘killer clown’ incidents, in which adults wear frightening masks to scare passers-by and motorists, has now reached Denmark and Sweden.
On Thursday, a young Swedish man was stabbed in Varberg, north of Helsingborg, by a man wearing a ‘killer clown’ mask.
The victim managed to get away with just minor injuries to his shoulder, but the police are still looking for the attacker.
Since then, police in Scania have been notified of another 80 ‘creepy clown’ sightings, which have mostly taken place in Malmø and the surrounding area.
Not a big trend in Denmark
In Denmark, there have only been a few incidents so far.
“We’ve had a few incidents over the last few days,” Carsten Reenberg, a police officer in Copenhagen, told Politiken.
“It is not a big trend right now, and I hope it won’t be.”
On Wednesday, three masked teenagers with an ax spooked a motorist in Fredericia, but they later gave themselves up to the police.
On Thursday, a young woman was harassed by three creepy clowns armed with clubs by a tunnel in Høje Taastrup.
Similar stunts have also been reported in Hvidovre, Holbaek and Sønderborg in southern Jutland.
The clown craze started in late August in South Carolina and quickly spread to other states in the US and abroad.