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Parents warned about a gang of rogue clowns

Melksham Carnival say the clowns have been fleecing parents. Credit: Melksham Carnival

Carnival organisers have warned people to be on their guard about a gang of mystery rogue clowns in our region.

Melksham Carnival posted the above photo on their website urging parents to be alert.

Last year a number of them snuck into processions and scammed parents, handing children sword balloons or taking photos, and then charging for them.

The gang are believed to have struck a carnival in Calne, Wiltshire last month, and there have been reports of them across the region.

Weston carnival to go ahead as usual

A previous carnival procession wends its way through the streets of Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV News

The route of tomorrow's carnival procession in Weston-super-Mare will remain the same.

There were fears it might have to change because of the predicted high tide.

Instead, the promenade will be closed between Cove West cafe and the Grand Pier from 6pm to 8pm.

Once the tide has turned, the barriers will be lifted to allow spectators to watch the procession when it arrives at about 8pm.



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Carnival organiser hopes volunteers will come forward

They are calling it "carnival in crisis". The Highbridge and Burnham-on-Sea Carnival Association says that their annual November carnival is in danger if they cannot get more volunteers to help out.

The event attracts around 100 floats and walking entries and raises thousands of pounds for charity.

Phil New, the event's co-ordinator, says that if people don't come forward to help, the event could be in danger. There's an emergency meeting tonight in Burnham at the Ritz social club where they are hoping to attract new volunteers.