More sightings of 'killer clowns' as craze continues to spread

Cheryl Sanders
October 15, 2016

Children reported being chased through Plymouth woods by clowns carrying knives, or approached in the street.

"The same applies regardless of what kind of mask you are wearing, if you set out to frighten or alarm people, you could be committing an offence".

The group of friends also photographed the same clown sitting down in the auto park, at a different location of the Rec.

People have taken to Facebook to share sightings of the creepy clowns which include Blacktown and Mt Druitt.

My fear is that hospitals will say, 'Oh, we can't have clowns in because the children are getting scared, ' or stuff like that.

"At the very least, their actions can cause fear and distress to other people".

Police forces said they had received dozens of reports of "killer clown" sightings in the last week where individuals dressed in clown outfits sometimes carrying knives have acted suspiciously or chased people, often young children.

"We are aware that what seems to be a trend that has come over from America is now circulating around social media and that there have been various reported incidents around the UK".

People in clown costumes have been hiding and jumping out at people in a craze that is spreading and police have warned people they risk being jailed if caught.

"The warning has been issued following around 30 reports of clowns-related incidents throughout Dyfed-Powys Police over the weekend".

The spokesman added: "Whilst we do not want to stop people from enjoying themselves it is important that while having fun they keep in mind to act in a responsible manner and understand that they could be prosecuted if a criminal offence is committed". One man, aged 23 from Sittingbourne, has been arrested for a public order offence.

A man dressed as a clown "wearing a hockey mask and a blood-stained poncho" was captured on camera in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, on Thursday.

"We'd like to remind those that are thinking of taking part in this nationwide craze to first think of the consequences".

A 13-year-old girl was threatened with rape and having her throat cut, by a so-called clown prankster, police said.

Professional clowns have also condemned the craze, saying it threatens their livelihood and their own safety and risks permanently damaging the reputation of the art form.

Inspector Knight, said: "We don't want to stop people enjoying themselves but we'd like to ask people to consider how their behaviour will affect others". They could be arrested and ultimately end up with a criminal record.

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