31/01/2014 10:04 GMT | Updated 31/01/2014 10:59 GMT

Australian Armed Clown Hunted Down By Police

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As if clowns aren't terrifying enough as it is, imagine being confronted by one wielding a gun.

Police are on the hunt for a clown costume-clad man rampaging around Australia and terrifying pedestrians.

At least three people have come forward to say that they were threatened by a man wearing a clown mask in St Albans and Sydenham.

According to The Australian, one female pedestrian was even followed by the clown, who got out of a white car being driven by an accomplice.

He then fled the scene when he was disturbed by another vehicle.

No one was hurt in the incident but Brimbank Crime Investigation Unit Sgt Mark Guthrie said that all victims had been left shaken.

He said: "All the witnesses have described a weapon being pointed at them, a firearm, whether it is fake or not we do not know.

"All the incidents happened within half an hour and within 10 to 15km of each other. It was half-hour of madness but why they did it, I can't put my finger on it.

"It was very scary for those involved, they all want them caught or for it to stop."

The chilling news recalls sinister-looking clowns who dressed up to disturb members of the public in the UK last year.