A 'killer clown' craze is sweeping Britain, with police warning people against dressing as clowns in order to intimidate or harm people.

Now, the craze has taken a change for the strange in Cumbria, where a man is dressing as Batman and vowing to chase down the creepy clowns.

A photograph has been shared on Facebook of 'Batman' seemingly chasing off a killer clown.

BBC Cumbria reported local company Cumbria Superheroes is behind the effort to rid the streets of clowns.

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Posted by BBC Cumbria on Tuesday, 11 October 2016

They have reassured that the costumed man is not a vigilante, but just trying to reassure local children who are scared of the 'killer clowns'.

BBC Cumbria also shared a screenshot of an image apparently from a local child who was reassured after hearing 'Batman' caught the clown.

It says: "Hi Batman, my name is xxx. I have been scared of this clown situation (school told us about it yesterday). I seen on my mammy fb [Facebook] that you caught the clown.

"This means I can go to school and not be scared, thank you for your efforts".

One police force in Britain had to deal with 14 clown-related incidents in 24 hours, and police forces across the country have warned that incidents are accelerating.

Nigel Adams, the Tory MP for Selby and Ainsty, told the Daily Telegraph: "Hollywood has taken a sinister turn with its interpretation of the clown in recent years and if this is in turn coming onto our streets, where people are dressing up to intimidate members of the public, then clearly this needs some thought."