VIDEO: Alex insists 'I'm not the internet scary clown'
A PAIGNTON student who has been named nationally as the infamous Northampton clown says he is NOT the spooky figure who has become a worldwide internet sensation.
In an exclusive interview with the Herald Express 22-year-old Alex Powell (pictured right), from Elmbank Gardens, explains why he admitted to a national newspaper that he was the clown after being photographed wearing the clown's outfit.
He also claims he knows the true identity of the clown who has been randomly appearing all over Northampton.
Alex explains how the clown 'coincidentally' bought his old clown costume from a charity shop. And he admits that all his friends and his parents still think he is the clown.
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The talented film maker said that all the publicity had shot up views of his YouTube film 'The Local Clown' to more than 90,000.
The Northampton clown has been popping up since Friday September 13, dressed like horror writer Stephen King's character Pennywise, holding balloons and saying nothing except 'Beep Beep'.
Its spooky appearances instantly went viral on the internet worldwide and gained almost 190,000 Facebook followers. Alex lives in Northampton with his girlfriend, Rachel Perkins, and film-making buddy Elliot Simpson — all ex-Paignton Community College students.
Alex said: "When it first started kicking off everyone thought it was me because I made a film about the clown.
"After I made the film I gave the costume to the British Heart Foundation charity shop.
"Coincidentally that's where the clown told me he had got his costume from.
"I said it was me to a national newspaper to protect the one who is the clown. The real clown wasn't happy at first when they named me but I said I had to say it and he understood.
"All my friends think it's me. Even my mum and dad thought it was me. I do know who it is now.
"That day that I was photographed by the paper I had an email from the clown saying he had been contacted on Facebook by a mum who wanted me to go and see her child who had a terminal illness. He thought it all seemed a bit suspicious because the Facebook account had just been created.
"He said 'It seems right that you go instead of me'. We spoke and he gave me the costume.
"There was a photographer waiting there who managed to capture me with the costume.
"But I am telling you the truth. I am not the real clown.
"I admitted it was me just for fun. It shot my film views up and it kept the whole mystery of the Northampton clown thing going."
Alex explained that the clown in his film was an actor who he hired. He says he knows the identity of the real clown and says: "He is definitely going to carry on. I am trying to get a picture of me with him. When I met him he has been telling me that he was threatened with a knife.
"There have been some death threats on me now. The police were involved. They know it's not me. I rang them because I had people ringing me saying they would run me over."
Alex's parents, Keith Powell and Dorinda McGann, who live in Paignton, say he has told them he is not the clown.
Dorinda said: "I don't think it is my son. All I know is that he did have a clown costume and he did donate it to one of the charity shops.
"He is doing digital film making at Northampton University so maybe people are putting two and two together.
"We have access to the internet but Alex has taken the laptop to university so we don't really know anything about it. He is studying digital film making and he is absolutely brilliant and has done some really good films already. He is such a lovely lad. He's a credit to us."