Metropolitan Police urge calm over ‘killer clown’ sightings
PUBLISHED: 12:28 11 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:24 11 October 2016
The Metropolitan Police have urged the public to remain calm over claims of “killer clowns”, but admit they expect reports of sightings to increase as Halloween approaches.
Commander Julian Bennett, who is leading the Autumn Nights campaign said:
“We are currently accessing a small number of reported ‘Killer Clown’ incidents in London, three of which meet the threshold of a criminal offence.
“Our primary responsibility is identifying and investigating those incidents where a criminal offence has occurred.
“However, anti-social behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others.
“In the run up to Halloween it is expected that these types of incidents will increase.
“With the launch of our annual Autumn Nights campaign in the coming weeks, Safer Neighbourhood Officers working in partnership with other agencies will be carrying out additional reassurance patrols and will be on hand for those who are especially vulnerable during this period.
“Whilst we do not want to stop people from enjoying themselves it is important that while having fun they remember to act in a responsible manner and understand that they could be prosecuted if a criminal offence is committed.”
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