NOTE: This content is old - Published: Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016.
The killer clown ‘craze’ which has swept the UK arrived in Deeside yesterday.
A person dressed as a so called ‘killer clown’ was spotted at a bus stop in Welsh Road on Monday, they were also seen on the nearby cycle path, Deeside Industrial Park and running along Sealand Avenue.
The craze which has plagued streets up and down the country has prompted many police forces to issue warnings to would-be clowns they may face being arrested as the situation begins to get out of control.[miptheme_quote author=”Comment on Facebook” style=”boxquote text-right”]As if there is some tosser going round sealand dressed as a clown! [/miptheme_quote]
The sighting of a copycat clown in the Sealand area prompted one local Councillor to send out a warning to residents asking then to be aware and contact police if they spot anybody dressed as killer clown.
Councillor Christine Jones who represents the Sealand ward wrote on her Facebook page:
“Please beware , there is a stupid idiot in Sealand dressed as a clown trying to frighten people. It was last seen by the bus stop at top of Welsh Rd near to cycle path, & Deeside Ind Park. If you see this senseless prat , please phone the police.”
North Wales Police also used social media to warn would-be clowns they may face arrest for intimidating vulnerable victims, tweeting on Monday they said;
“We are aware incidents reported across the region last week but no offences disclosed.
“Would you want your family or friends scared or intimidated like this? So don’t do it!
“Isn’t funny particularly for vulnerable victims. Don’t do it, your action may get you arrested.
Neighbouring Cheshire Police issues a warning last week saying:
“We have a received a very small number of reports relating to this (killer clown) phenomenon, here in Cheshire, and we’re also aware of rumours that are circulating on social media.
“While we appreciate Hallowe’en is just a short time away, scaring people —especially children and vulnerable people — in this way is completely unacceptable and could constitute an offence.
A spate of incidents have been reported across the country involving knife wielding clowns terrorising people has been widely condemned.
Police Forces have warned pranksters dressing up as ‘killer clowns’ with the intention to frighten people ‘is no laughing matter’ and could constitute a crime.
Warnings come as the so called “killer clown” craze, which originated as part of Halloween in the United States, has become increasingly popular in the United Kingdom.
In one incident last Wednesday two schoolgirls were approached by men in clown outfits in a black van outside Clacton County High School in Essex inviting them to a party.
There have been dozens of similar incidents across the country causing forces to issue warnings to people about their behaviour.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said:
“Merseyside Police wants to make it perfectly clear that behaviour of this type will not be treated as a joke or prank, doing this to a stranger may cause alarm or distress and could constitute a criminal offence such as harassment.
“We will not tolerate any kind of anti-social or criminal behaviour directed at any members of our communities.
“We would urge people to seriously consider what impact this kind of behaviour might have as well as whether their behaviour could constitute a crime and could lead to their arrest and a potential criminal record.”
In another incident a masked man carrying a knife chased two children aged 11 and 12 after jumping out at them on their way to school in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, on Friday night.
Additional reporting via Police Oracle