A knife-wielding clown has allegedly followed four children to their school early this morning in Durham.
As the ‘creepy killer clown craze’ continues to sweep across America it seems the red nosed nuisances have finally made their way across the pond, The Sun reports.
Four children between the ages of 11 and 12-years-old were walking to the Hermitage Academy at about 8.40am when a man wearing a clown mask jumped out on them and began to follow them.
The masked man was allegedly carrying a knife and had his face painted under his mask.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Mel Sutherland, said:
The children arrived at school understandably upset and distressed by this incident and we are currently trying to locate this man.
My officers will be on patrol outside the school at home time this afternoon to offer reassurance to children and parents.
Sgt Sutherland explained that police were operating under the belief that this was a ‘large prank’ sweeping across the UK and U.S. but added that the face this clown was carrying a knife was alarming, although they do not believe the clown intended to harm the children.
The officer finished by urging the pranksters to put an end to the craze appealing directly to the people taking part in these ‘stupid acts’ to think seriously about what they are doing and the distress they are causing.
Anyone with information regarding this particular clown have been asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 98 of Friday, October 7.
Seriously guys we know it’s Halloween time but maybe dial down on the hideous clown pranks…
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