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.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”. A Facebook message apparently from a local child to BatmanCredit:Facebook/BBC Cumbria 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.” Shaneice Price, 22, from Bloxwich, in Walsall, posted footage on Twitter of a red-haired clown who she claims tried to get into her car on Sunday.In another incident, George Birkbeck said he spotted a sinister figure holding a hammer in a Tesco car park in Plymouth on Friday. The clown was dressed as Batman’s Joker character and ran off after Mr Birkbeck brandished a beer bottle at him. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.