A council official who ordered the removal of clown posters for the sake of a woman’s phobia has been bombarded with “vile” hate mail.
Lisa Jarvis, of Leighton-Linslade Town Council, was targeted in the aftermath of the decision to take down a metre-long banner from outside The Falcon on Stanbridge Road.
A Leighton woman suffering from coulrophobia, an extreme or irrational fear of clowns, claimed she could not “walk or drive past” the John Lawson’s Circus banner during its four-day stay at Parsons Close Recreation Ground.
Reacting to the news that both Lisa and town clerk, Mark Saccoccio, had received abusive emails following its removal on Wednesday, Councillor Ray Berry said: “This is, unfortunately, the way of the world now as people have access to people’s details and are allowed to get away with it.
“It was described to me as ‘vile’ emails. I am disappointed it got this far, it has completely snowballed. I hope Lisa has not been too badly hurt and she can move on from this. I believe John Lawson’s were the ones who contacted the press, which to me says it all, but they are getting to run away with it. They have used this as a publicity stunt and they have milked it.
“I do not believe we can let people who stab us in the back come here and claim to entertain people. I do hope it comes back to bite them, which I do believe will happen.”
Speaking to the LBO, John Lawson said his circus had been coming to the town for 10 years and described the incident as bizarre.
John said: “We cannot really believe it. We are only in town for a few days and for it just to be one person complaining is crazy.
“On the poster the clown is very smiley, he’s not sinister at all. The council are not fixing the problem, they’re just shielding her from it.
“We would love to offer the woman ‘clown-selling’. She could meet Clumbsy as a normal person and watch him put his makeup on and his costume so she can see the person behind the mask. If it would help her, we would be absolutely delighted to do that.”
The story was being debated today on Radio Two’s Jeremy Vine show, but read the full story in today’s Leighton Buzzard Observer.
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