Published: Thu, October 13, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Creepy clown sightings no laughing matter as Halloween nears

Creepy clown sightings no laughing matter as Halloween nears

Vera Baird QC, said "I am sure this started as Halloween fun, but when people are hiding in bushes, jumping out on members of the public or running around in open spaces it can be scary".

Sarasota resident and retired clown Aaron Watkins says the prank isn't amusing. Sightings of sinister individuals dressed as clowns and brandishing weapons are said to have spiked. The craze started back in August when children reported clowns trying to lure them into the woods in SC.

Between October 7 and 10, 2016, a total of 59 incidents involving clowns in the county have been reported.

Surrey Police Superintendent Duncan Greenhalgh said: "We have received a number of reports of people being intimidated or frightened by others dressed as clowns".

The latest reports include armed police from Scotland Yard's aviation unit arresting a suspect wearing a clown mask and carrying a fake gun in Hillingdon, west London, on Tuesday, about five miles (8km) from Heathrow Airport.

IN the past week there have been nearly 30 reports of clown-related incidents in Worcestershire and police are warning people in the area that pranks involving clown masks could result in police action. In a year when a nonsensical media story is capable of becoming a serious reality if we keep taking it seriously, perhaps the best thing we can do about the creepy clowns is ignore them until they go away.

"Their behavior is causing multiple reports to our call takers and is tying up police resources which could impact on calls to other incidents".

The message read: 'I have been scared of this clown situation (school told us about it yesterday).

The killer clown craze originated in America last month and has taken social media by storm, with copycat pranksters in the United Kingdom donning outfits in a bid to scare the public.

An 11-year-old girl in Georgia was arrested for bringing a knife to school to defend herself against clowns, and a 13-year-old in Virginia was arrested for asking a clown to kill her teacher over social media. Me and another friend were a short distance ahead so we slowed and turned round to see what he was doing.

"However, clown costumes - both scary and more traditional versions - have been a Halloween favourite for years, so the popularity of clowns at this time of year should not be attributed to this current craze".

Either way, authorities deem the act intimidating and anti-social - and in most cases, offenders frighten unsuspecting victims. We don't really know what's beneath his makeup, but we do know of the added confidence that his terrifying appearance has given him.

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