Police start 'high visibility patrols' in wake of 'Killer Clown' pranks

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Northumbria Police have stepped up 'high visibility patrols' across the north of the region following the recent spate of 'Killer Clown' pranks.

People dressed as clowns, and some brandishing knives, have been scaring children and running away.

The pranks are thought to be a continuation of a trend that started in the US, and was apparently inspired by Stephen King's horror classic 'It'.

Northumbria Police issued the following statement on their Facebook page: