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Creepy clown arrested in country Victoria

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2016 Kaitlyn Offer and Helen Velissaris

A man who allegedly dressed up as a clown and threatened people with an axe in country Victoria could face jail.

A 23-year-old man was arrested in Moe and is expected to be charged by summons with assault, weapons, public order and disguise offences over allegations he wore a clown mask and threatened a woman in her car with an axe.

Officers were called about 3.30am on Sunday over complaints of a man in a clown mask at a fast food outlet on the Princes Freeway.

Investigators were told the man had approached the woman alone in her car on Lloyd Street then approached cars leaving the fast food drive-through.

No one was injured and no property was damaged.

Officers stopped a group of people who denied any knowledge of the incidents, but a search of several cars found a clown mask, axe and baseball bat, police say.

The 23-year-old Eagle Point man was arrested and interviewed at the scene.

Police have also responded to reports that three clowns were scaring drivers on a major road in Carrum Downs on Monday afternoon.

Two of the clowns were holding pretend knives and the third was armed with a cap gun, a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

They fled before police arrived.

Schoolchildren wearing clown masks in the same area on Monday were issued warnings by officers and "directed to move on".

Victoria Police warn while the so called "clown purge" might be a bit of fun for some, in many cases it is criminal behaviour.

"The penalty for possessing an article of disguise is up to two years imprisonment," a police spokeswoman said.

"Victoria Police does not tolerate intimidation, the incitement of fear or the carrying of weapons."

The World Clown Association president this week said he was totally against the current worldwide craze of people dressing up as clowns to terrorise people.

Randy Christensen said the so-called purge was being driven by social media and the association didn't consider people participating to be true clowns.

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