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The Education Secretary says she's concerned by the 'ridiculous craze' of people dressing up as clowns to scare others, particularly outside schools.
Justine Greening has been visiting a school in Prudhoe, and attending a conference for teachers in the North East.
Police in our region have dealt with around 100 incidents relating to so-called killer clowns in the last 10 days:
Police have confiscated masks and a knife from children in Peterlee.
Two twelve-year-olds took the masks and knife to Howletch Primary School to scare pupils.
The incident is believed to be the latest in the so-called 'Killer Clown Prank' that has been sweeping the North-East:
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An organisation called Clown Doctors has been forced to cancel an event at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle
Police are asking parents to warn their children of the consequences of trying to frighten people in the 'killer clown' craze.