Are you scared by this Chesterfield clown?

Picture posted publicly by Joanne Michele on the Derbyshire Times Facebook page.
Picture posted publicly by Joanne Michele on the Derbyshire Times Facebook page.

Opinion is divided after a clown mannequin appeared in Chesterfield town centre in the run-up to Halloween.

It has been spotted behind the window of a vacant unit in Vicar Lane Shopping Centre.

The figure is clutching a red ballon - an apparent reference to Pennywise, the child-eating clown in Stephen King’s It.

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On our Facebook page, some people have voiced concern about the clown - but others say they can see the funny side and think it is appropriate at this time of the year.

Joanne Michelle commented: “I know Halloween is coming but the amount of freaked out little kids who've seen this raises real questions as to whether this is appropriate in a family friendly town centre.”

Héloïse Malaïka said: “We walked through Vicar Lane last week and also thought it was probably a bit much!”

Donna Dodman said: “We saw this. My daughter did not like it.”

Elimarcam Hatham added: “I flipping hate clowns.”

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But Katie Hanson said: “My one-year-old loves it - I have to show it her everytime we walk past it.”

Hayley Badger McBride said: “Halloween is supposed to be scary. That’s the whole point.”

Alex Bennett said: “This is mint.”

And Laura Sherman said: “Seen worse sights on a Saturday night. At least this clown isn’t real.”