Spooked by clowns? That's coulrophobia.
ENGLAND exported the circus act and its clowns to America in the late 19th century.
Now the Americans have sent us something back - the creepy clown.
The once family-friendly circus clown was often seen as a figure of innocuous fun, amusing entertainment and merry mischief. Now, the friendly clown's good name has been mugged by the more frightening variety donned in bright polyjester.
Of course it's no secret some children and adults alike have been spooked by clowns for centuries. It even has a name - coulrophobia. But the average circus clown is a friendly sort really.
As for the creepy ones, I suggest the clown prosecution service deals with them - effective immediately.
STEPHEN DIXON, Redcar