'Killer clown' pranks spread throughout North-East

The so-called 'Killer Clown' prank has spread throughout the North-East.

Police have reported sightings in Newcastle, Durham county and Brotton, on Teesside.

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Education Secretary: End this 'ridiculous' killer-clown craze

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:

I think it is concerning - I think most parents would be concerned too. And in a sense, part of it is bullying as well - and we have done a lot of work as a government to help schools tackle bullying inside - so I think the sooner that this ridiculous craze comes to an end, the better really.

– Justine Greening



Police seize so-called 'Killer Clown' masks

A clown mask, a machete and a 'V for Vendetta' mask Credit: Peterlee Police

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:

These were confiscated yesterday from two 12 year old males who decided to go to attend Howletch Primary School and scare the children in the playground. Both males were taken home to their parents. Anyone else who wishes to copy this 'killer clown' craze may be arrested, even if it is just a prank.

– Peterlee Police Social Media
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