A so-called 'Killer Clown' has followed four children to school this morning leaving them distressed but unhurt.
The children, aged between eleven and twelve years old, were walking to The Hermitage Academy in Chester-Le-Street at about 8.40am when a man dressed as a clown jumped out on them and followed them towards the school.
The man was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, red shoes, a multi-coloured top and was described as wearing a mask as well as having his face painted. He was also carrying a knife.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Mel Sutherland, said: