'Killer clown' spotted as prank craze moves into mid Wales

In Durham, four children aged 11 or 12, were followed to school on Friday (Oct 7) by a man in a clown outfit who was armed with a knife.

Meanwhile, Hampshire Police said it has also had a number of reports of incidents across the county.

"While we do not want to be accused of stopping people enjoying themselves, we would ask those same people to think of the impact of their behavior on others and themselves", he added.

Superintendent Lynne Cross, of Norfolk Police, said such incidents "may seem harmless, but it is quite frightening to those who experience it".

He said: "Since last week we have received reports from scared and anxious members of the public".

Police across England have been called to incidents where people have dressed as clowns to deliberately scare people with some wielding weapons.

There have even been reports of creepy clowns being spotted across the Bristol area including one in Winterbourne.

A 13-year-old girl was threatened with rape and having her throat cut, by a so-called clown prankster, police said.

A 19-year-old student dressed as a clown and brandishing a chainsaw caused panic after running through Brunel University campus yesterday.

Incidents across the United Kingdom have so far included schoolgirls being approached by gruesome looking clowns and invited to a birthday party - a typical diary event for the average professional clown - but scary coming from someone who is just wearing a gruesome clown mask.

The clown pranks have also resulted in arrests, with incidents reported in Norwich, South Wales, Gloucestershire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Manchester and Northumbria.

"Keep Clowns Out Of Kent" are a facebook group created to "help raise awareness, and keep people safe", against any potential clown attacks. We believe this is linked to a wider trend.

The trend began in the U.S. where the phenomenon is so entrenched it has been dismissed as simply a Halloween fad.

The "killer clown" craze sweeping Britain is set to get worse in the run-up to Halloween, police have warned. They could be arrested and ultimately end up with a criminal record.

Other incidents were reported in Whitehaven, Carlisle and Kendal in Cumbria.

"Victims are not finding such instances a laughing matter - and no one likes being taken for a clown".

POLICE are warning people to exercise cautious if they are approached by any clowns in The Hills district. It will not be tolerated by police.

Another serious issue that people taking part in this craze are not thinking of is the impact on our resources.

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