Man wearing clown mask and women’s underwear performed sex act at nursing home

Police have launched a manhunt for the pervert who exposed himself while wearing a clown mask disguise at a nursing home

Officers were called to Willowbank Nursing Home in Burnley, Lancashire just after 5am on Tuesday, August 17.

The man, who was dressed in women's underwear and wore a clown mask, had been seen standing at the window and was performing a sex act on himself.

Staff raised the alarm and police officers quickly flooded the area in hope of capturing the offender

However, the man had already made his escape and remains at large, LancashireLive reports.

Detective Inspector Mark Saunders, of Burnley CID, said: "This was an extremely distressing incident and we are doing all we can to identify and arrest the offender.

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"I appreciate that given the time it is unlikely that anyone else has witnessed the incident itself," he added, "but I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or who has any information to get in touch.

"Even if you think that a piece of information isn’t significant I would urge you to contact us so that we can review it alongside other intelligence and information we have.

"I appreciate that the nature of this incident may cause concern in the community and I would reassure people that we are doing all we can to identify and apprehend the person responsible."

In 2013, a mystery clown sparked panic across the Lancashire town and rumours swirled that the weirdo was armed with a baseball bat and hiding in bushes ready to mug people.

A Facebook page called "Spot the Burnley Clown" was set up to collect sightings of the fancy-dress oddball.

At the time, a police spokesman said that they had received numerous emergency calls about the clown and over time, claims about the clown’s activities had become "more and more exaggerated".

"We would like to reassure people that there is no foundation for any of these reports and we have had no first-hand reports of any incidents of violence or intimidation," he said.

Anyone with information about this latest incident should contact police on 101 quoting log 0194 of August 17th. Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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