Out of the strangest times come the unlikeliest of heroes, and to describe the killer clown craze sweeping the UK as strange would be a dramatic understatement.
While it may seem a harmless or even amusing event, it is giving police serious cause for concern.
The activities reported range from simple sightings of 'clowns' frightening people in passing cars to more sinister incidents where the fancy dress figures have approached schoolchildren .
If , as an adult, creepy clowns make you feel uneasy, imagine the sheer terror children must feel about these incidents.
So step forward Garry Bedford. A construction site manager by day, Batman by night and all-round modern-day hero.
The 47 year-old father from Cumbria is taking on the killer clowns for the sake of the kids.
Although there's no Alfred on hand to assist him, or a fancy Batcave decked out with the latest crime-fighting technology, Garry's work is nonetheless important - and effective.
Pretending to be Batman on the phone, Garry has been reassuring worried children in the area that they're safe from the epidemic.
Heroic Garry tells them there is nothing to fear as Batman has already locked up their ringleader, the Joker, so he can deal with the rest without a problem.
Garry said, "They're always quite a similar pattern.
"The kids are apprehensive and scared at first but at the end they are very thankful.
"We put the Bat-phone up there to reassure people of the clown situation and that was really rewarding and really worked which I'm proud about."
He's even been able to add to his team of super-heroes, and now has 12 volunteers who all work on the phones calming children - although Garry did fork out £1,000 on the Batman costume.
If you require any proof of how important Garry's work is, mum Stephanie Dunford said:
"My daughter is autistic - she wouldn't sleep without the bedroom light on and wouldn't eat her dinner as she thought there was a clown in the garden.
"She was terrified and we made the call to Batman and it put a lovely smile on her face again.
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"She loved it and is no longer scared. She ate her dinner and will go into any room now - she has even gone to bed with the bedroom light off.
"I cannot thank you enough for that little call as it has made a huge difference with no shut downs or melt downs tonight over clowns."
You go, Garry!
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