A Vale journalist dubbed the ‘unofficial expert’ on a clown who keeps appearing in Northampton has featured on TV news channels around the world.
Callum Jones, from Cheddington, has appeared on America’s CNN channel, Canada’s CTV and Global News and the BBC World Service, as well as Irish and German radio stations and the German newspaper Das Bild.
People across the world have been gripped by the story of the clown since pictures emerged online of him standing in various locations around the Northampton, looking similar to the Pennywise character from the cult Stephen King film, It.
He now has more than 160,000 likes on his Spot Northampton’s Clown Facebook page and received numerous media and promotional offers, including an offer to appear on ITV’s This Morning, but he has so far not chosen to accept these requests.
Callum, 29, who worked at The Bucks Herald from 2006-2008, has been following the story closely as a reporter at the Northampton Chronicle.
He said: “I have enjoyed it but it’s been exhausting. It’s not been an ordinary week, I think everyone in the office has got sick of me doing it all now.
“The journalists I spoke to were quite pushy, it was hard being on the other side of it.
“I can’t believe how much it has caught on, I have never known anything like this. It is down to social media, where people pass the link on and it taps into their fear of clowns.”
Callum, a former Tring School pupil, is the only journalist to have spoken to the clown.
He said: “He told me it was just harmless fun, he is not trying to frighten anyone. Some people think it is some sort of marketing stunt but it’s not like that.
“I think it is better if he stays as a mystery.”
In the CNN report Northampton is described as a ‘quaint English town’.