One-armed 'clown' brandishing a machete arrested in Maine

Police in the US state of Maine have arrested a drunk, one-armed clown who was brandishing a machete.

Corey Berry, 31, from the town of Hollis, was spotted walking down a road in a black hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask, holding the weapon.

He had duct-taped the machete to his arm, which police say had been amputated.

Worried residents began calling 911 at around 18:00 local time (22:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

Local outlet said Mr Berry ran off into the woods, where police struggled to apprehend him as further emergency calls came in.

State Trooper Adam Schmidt said the clown was highly intoxicated, but cooperative. He told police he had been inspired by previous creepy clown sightings and was trying to play a prank.

Mr Berry was arrested and charged with criminal threatening. He was taken to York County Jail, but was released after posting $200 (£150) bail.

One-armed 'clown' brandishing a machete arrested in Maine

One-armed 'clown' brandishing a machete arrested in Maine

While sightings have died down this year, summer and autumn 2016 saw a wave of “killer clown” stunts that spread across the USUKCanada, and Australia.

The sinister craze began in South Carolina, with reports that men dressed as clowns were trying to coax children into the woods with money. It was followed by sightings in Alabama, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Schools in Texas and Alabama even shut down over the phenomenon.