Creepy clown craze spreads with sightings in Somerset
PUBLISHED: 15:40 10 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:40 10 October 2016
Following an almost-overnight phenomenon of people dressing up as clowns and jumping out and scaring people, it seems the craze has now spread across Somerset, with police issuing a warning about the potential consequences.
There have been reports of clown sightings in Burnham-on-Sea, Brent Knoll and Highbridge, with residents taking to social media to share their experiences.
The first cases of the clown craze descended from the United States and have since made their way across the UK.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has issued a stark warning to people and inspector Julie Knight, from the local policing directorate, said: “We don’t want to stop people enjoying themselves but we’d like to ask people to consider how their behaviour will affect others.
“These incidents can potentially be very distressing and frightening for those involved and we are taking all reports made to us seriously.
“Anyone involved in intimidating or threatening behaviour may well end up committing an offence, being arrested and having a criminal record and we’d urge them to think carefully about the consequences of their actions.
“We are aware of a number of social media groups raising concerns about this type of behaviour and we’d ask people to refrain from taking matters into their own hands and to report anything they are worried about to us.
“We’d also like to remind people that in dealing with these issues valuable police resources are also being used, potentially impacting on our capacity to respond to other more serious incidents.”