The ‘killer clowns’ crraze has hit Skipton
North Yorkshire Police have warned pranksters to stop fooling around after a spate of colourful creeps were spotted across the county.
A vehicle had to swerve to avoid knocking down a clown who was stood in the middle of a road in Skipton, on Monday.
And a clown disturbed diners by banging on the window of a pizza restaurant on the Police are asking parents to warn their children of the consequences of trying to frighten people by copying the US fad
In the early evening of Monday 10 October 2016, the force received at least eight reports from concerned members of the public about young people dressed up as clowns, jumping out at them or chasing after them.
A police spokesperson said:“While some people may think this is funny, it is not for the person on the receiving end.
“It could also constitute a criminal offence if you frighten or threaten other people. “The same applies regardless of what kind of mask you are wearing, if you set out to frighten or alarm people, you could be committing an offence.”
Of the other incidents reported on Monday evening, the majority were believed to be children dressed up and included:
Near Westfield Primary School - two youths with masks and one carrying a baseball bat frightened two 11-year-old boys.
Primary school aged boy in Strensall was seen dressed as a clown, jumping out at people and shouting at them.
Whitley Bridge, Selby -
Youths dressed as clowns, one carrying what appeared to be a knife, were chasing a group of girls and shouting after them.
Seamer Cricket Field, Scarborough -
Boy chased by two older boys dressed as clowns.
Member of the public reported clown at their door, singing.
Group of five youths wearing clown masks were seen jumping out at cars on Malpas Road. Police officers stopped the youths and they handed over their masks for destruction.
Report the incident to the police on 101
If your safety is threatened, call the police on 999
Please keep an eye out for your elderly relatives, friends and neighbours, especially at this time of the year when the nights are darker and Halloween is approaching.