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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:

Our officers have been on high visibility patrol across the region tonight to reassure the public in light of incidents involving people dressing up as clowns.

We know that people have concerns about the incidents and we have already said that any behaviour that causes alarm and distress is not welcome in our local communities.

This also applies to social media where we have been made aware of some messages on both Facebook and Instagram in which individuals have threatened to turn up at different locations dressed as clowns.

Our officers are fully aware of these posts and our high visibility patrols will be continuing over the coming days to reassure concerned members of the public.

We still do not believe there to be any risk to any members of the public but we will always take this type of incident seriously.

Anyone with any concerns should not hesitate to contact police on 101 and rest assured we will take appropriate action against anyone involving themselves in these types of incidents.

– Northumbria Police Facebook

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