in 2004 a youth club in a quiet English home
counties town commissioned an artist only
known locally as "Ashby" to paint a happy
clown themed mural in the childrens play area.
The resulting wild eyed clown with the evil
sharp toothed smile was immediately ordered
to be painted over by the parish council and
there was a subsequent dispute over
payment. Local children started to complain
that their sleep was disturbed by a loud
tackling laugh and some reported sightings of
clown like silhouettes lurking in the shadows;
only when Ashby received his ÍuII payment
for his work did the strange occurances
cease to happen.