Creepy clown with knife injures man at cash machine
Police are hunting a "creepy clown" after a man was left in a pool of blood in the latest turn in the sinister craze.
Terrified Simon Chinery, 28, said the attack has "ruined my life" after suffering severe slash injuries to his right hand when confronted at a cash machine by a clown wielding a 10in (25.4cm) knife.
He grabbed at the knife to defend himself but the blade cut through his hand, he said.
The father-of-one, from Blackburn, Lancashire, punched the clown who ran off.
Mr Chinery told the Lancashire Telegraph: "It was like something out of a horror movie. His eyes were piercing black.
"There was blood everywhere."
The clown was said to be wearing a green curly wig with black eye make-up, a red nose and painted red beard.
He was also said to be wearing green trousers, a white fitted top, latex gloves and black boots.
Mr Chinery said he was left in shock and ran home and his mother phoned an ambulance.
He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital before being transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital to a see a specialist.
Doctors have told him his hand may have long lasting damage and he will need reconstructive surgery.
Mr Chinery, who is a joiner, said he is now unable to work.
He added: "This attack has ruined my life. I am disabled from this and can't return to my trade."
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: "We were called at 3pm yesterday to reports a 28-year-old man sustained knife injuries to his hand during an incident in Blackburn on October 9.
"Officers have spoken to the victim, who said he was approached at around 8.45pm on Haslingden Road by someone holding a knife.
"The victim attempted to grab the knife which resulted in injuries to three of his fingers.
"He has described the assailant as male and wearing a clown costume.
"The offender made off from the scene and the victim sought hospital treatment at Blackburn before being transferred to Preston.
"Our inquiries are ongoing."