05:20PM, Sunday 09 October 2016
Police have warned that anyone caught taking part in the so-called ‘killer clown’ craze could face arrest.
Thames Valley Police made the appeal through Facebook after apparently being called to 14 such incidents over the course of 24 hours ‘where people have reported being intimidated or frightened by others dressed as clowns’.
In a statement, the force said: “While we don't 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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