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Police issue warning over creepy clown craze

"Intimidating and threatening" clowns reported across Thames Valley

Chris Ord

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Police issue warning over creepy clown craze

THAMES Valley Police has issued a warning after receiving more than a dozen calls from members of the public who reported being intimidated or threatened by people dressed as clowns over the weekend.

Officers were called out to 14 incidents involving clowns across the region in a 24-hour period.

Police say no-one has been injured in the incidents which took place across the Thames Valley area including Bracknell, Milton Keynes, Abingdon and Chesham.

This follows reports of other incidents across the country which have been widely reported in the national media.

Chief Supt Andy Boyd, head of neighbourhood policing, said: “While we do not want to be accused of stopping people enjoying themselves we would also ask those same people to think of the impact of their behaviour on others and themselves.

“Their actions can cause fear and anxiety to other people, this could be perceived to be intimidating and threatening which could lead to public order offences, arrest and a criminal record.

“In addition, their behaviour is causing multiple reports to our call takers and is tying up police resources which could impact on calls to other incidents.

“While we realise that reports of this kind are not restricted to the Thames Valley area, the issues of intimidation, potential arrest and waste of public resources are the same across the country and we would urge people to refrain from such activity.”

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  • rooter37

    11/10/2016 - 09:09

    Were they walking in to the council offices? I would say that's just normal..

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