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Campaign group set up to tackle creepy clown trend as Kent Police reveals 59 reported incidents throughout the county

PUBLISHED: 08:55 12 October 2016

Clown trend

Clown trend

Have you sighted an intimidating clown? Let us know, email: emily.king@archant.co.uk

A campaign group has been set up after almost 60 clown sightings were reported throughout the county in recent days.

The group, named Keep Clowns Out of Kent Force, was launched as police urged the public to act responsibly following a number of reports around the county relating to people dressing up as clowns and intimidating or causing fear to others.

A spokesperson for the group said: “This is basically to keep the people of Kent safe and to keep a log of any events, report to police and be able to take action if in an area near you.

“Hopefully we will be able to stamp out this stupid epidemic, keep our kids safe and the streets clear of these attention seekers.”

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

Superintendent Simon Thompson said: “In the run up to Halloween we are seeing an increase in the number of incidents causing fear in public places.

“We want everyone to enjoy Halloween of course, but those who choose to dress up or wear masks in the lead up to the festivities should do so responsibly and be mindful about how their actions may be interpreted by others.

“There is an emerging trend, particularly on social media, of people dressing up as clowns and in some instances taking the opportunity to scare or intimidate other people.

“Kent is not the only county seeing this trend and while some might find it funny, the act of frightening or threatening others may be enough to warrant criminal offences under the Public Order Act.”

Since October 7, Police has seen a sharp increase in reports of people dressed up as clowns in the county.

Some of these incidents include people jumping out in front of vehicles, staring at members of the public or children chasing other children.

Officer attendance has been required at some incidents. One man, aged 23 from Sittingbourne, has been arrested for a public order offence.

Supt Thompson added: “While there have been some instances where people in masks have intimidated others, we have also received calls to report clown sightings in general.

“We would ask those people looking to report clown incidents to us to consider whether an offence has taken place, such as causing distress or fear, as there will be a lot of people dressed up in the coming weeks as Halloween approaches.

“If someone is being intimidated, threatened or their safety is put in danger, call us.”

Have you sighted an intimidating clown? Let us know, email: emily.king@archant.co.uk

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