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Weekly Edition - Published  13 October 2016

 

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Schools on alert after "Killer clowns" rumours

AN unsettling craze of clown related pranks is sweeping social media world wide, after hitting headlines in the US. Now copycats are reportedly doing "terrifying pranks" in the UK. Already Police are waning that those involved could face criminal charges and they could also be assaulted worse by those affected. Professional clowns have condemned the so called 'craze' and blame media hype for this run of so called:- "funny jokes..." some of them are saying that it could destroy the image of clowns and put many out of a job!

accross Merseyside, schools are now on alert. In Southport, we have been told by parents that Stanley High, have been very concerned and have sent out this email:- "This could be over hyped nonsense, but with Halloween approaching, this is no laughing matter. Just to let you know that we are aware of rumours over 'Killer clowns' and have informed Police. Whilst we do not envisage any issues, the Police will be present at lunch to support ourselves and the CPSO, merely as a precaution. Thank you to those parents, students and members of our local community who made us aware of this."

We will stress that this is an example as we have had reports that other schools have issued wanings as well. As of yet we have no reports about "Killer clowns" around Southport's Schools and have not been able to confirm the nature of this email with Stanley High.

Anti social behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated. In this case it can also lead to victim's health related effects of the stress induced by the shock, which could result in death!  A parent told us that:- "All it takes is for the prank to go wrong and who knows what will happen. If they do it on someone with a hart condition or a victim reacts violently, it could result in a death. That is a very strong possibility, especially in this current clement, of terrorist acts taking place. If the media did not hype it up, we would not have this problem."

The is also now affecting tourism, as the Russian Embassy has warned its citizens in the UK to "beware" of pranksters dressing as clowns. On its website, the Russian Embassy wrote:- "According to British media and law enforcement agencies in recent days, in different regions of the country, in the dark, there are cases of attacks by malicious people in clown suits. The purpose of the antics of the British 'clowns' to cause fear and bewilderment. We ask citizens in the UK Russia take note of this information."

Please do not pull these so called:- 'pranks' if you are thinking of doing them. Also if you know that you child has a sinister clown outfit, we suggest that you keep it hidden until this craze passes!  We would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others.

Please remind your children that this can easily result in tragedy. Plus, they prank might meet the threshold of a criminal offence under the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and others.  What are your views? Have you been affected or are you worried about the pranks. Please let us know via emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.com.

 

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