The poor residents of Northampton, England are living in a nightmare scenario straight out of a Stephen King novel right now. Someone dressed as a clown keeps popping up around town and spooking grown adults and small children alike. 

The clown isn't doing anything violent, mind you, so it's not exactly like a Stephen King novel. But it's close! Because clowns are terrifying, and they scare people. The Northampton Herald & Post reports clowns have been popping up in random places all across town lately, so much so that a hashtag and a Facebook group were created to track the sightings. The Northampton Chronicle reports police believe multiple people are behind the clown sightings. A warning was issued so residents won't be so startled the next time a clown is standing in the middle of the side walk.

The Northampton clown is terrifying residents wherever he goes: 

But Northampton residents can rest easy knowing there's now another vigilante roaming the streets protecting them with the ultimate mission of catching these dastardly clowns: 

Somehow I'm not convinced the town will rest easier knowing that guy's out there. 

Update The Atlantic Wire would like to issue a formal apology to Stephen King for initially misspelling his name. Hopefully he will forgive us.