Important message from Northumbria Police

You may have seen a number of reports in the media relating to reports of people dressing up as clowns to frighten members of the public.

 

Police received six separate incidents of this nature between Friday and Monday involving members of the public being chased by these clowns.

 

Officers have been proactive in their enquiries and a 13-year-old was arrested and issued with a stern warning following his involvement in the incidents.

 

That proactive action should show anyone else looking to get involved in these kind of incidents how seriously police will take this type of behaviour.

 

Officers will continue on their regular patrols in the coming days which will include being visible around our region’s schools at pick-up and drop-off times.

 

Northumbria Police have also received a number of reports from schools relating to threatening messages on social media about how these clowns will turn up at schools.

 

Intelligence officers have looked into these reports and have found them to be American-based and not related to anything happening in our region.

 

As always, we would encourage anyone with any information about the incidents to get in touch with police by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.

 

 

Refreshed Key Messages

 

  • Police are appealing for information after a number of reports of people dressing as clowns in a bid to frighten members of the public in Newcastle.

 

  • Officers working across the city have received six separate reports of people in fancy dress jumping out of bushes to scare passing school children.

 

  • The first incident happened on Friday, September 30, and there have been a number of further similar reports over the past few days

 

  • Nobody has been attacked or injured during the incidents but it has left a number of young children really upset and police are taking the reports seriously.

 

  • There has only been a handful of these incidents, which we think have been inspired by a trend in America, but we are keen to stop them before they cause anyone else further distress.

 

  • One 13-year-old boy was arrested following one of the incidents in the Blakelaw area of the city and he has been issued with a stern warning by police.

 

  • We are working very closely with parents and the local schools as this is not something we want to see happening in our local community.

 

  • Officers will continue on their regular patrols in the coming days and weeks which will include being visible in the areas where these  incidents have taken place.

 

  • There have also been some concerns raised to us about online posts about similar incidents but we do believe these are American-based and don’t believe there to be a risk to our communities.

 

  • Anyone with any information about the pranks, or anyone who knows who is involved, should contact police on 101 quoting reference 1083 03/10/16.