Beware of unruly clowns on the street

Copycat clowns may be trying to scare people in the U.K.

Norfolk police warn of alarming clown epidemic.

A police force has told members of the public to ignore people dressed as clowns if they meet them in the street.

Norfolk police received a report from a member of the public alarmed by a clown sighting in Gaywood, near King’s Lynn, on Tuesday evening.

The suspect was described as wearing a “full clown outfit” with a red suit and red hair.

The following evening the force received a similar report after two clowns were spotted near a skate park in the town. These people wore “Halloween-type” clown masks.

In both cases, the callers reported being alarmed and being chased a short way up the road.

These clowns don’t seem to be doing anything that’s necessarily a criminal offense, no one has reported any assaults or robberies and such, they do seem to still scare people.

And that seems to be just want they want – to scare people and get attention. Unless some mistake has been made. There were only two incidents noted. But it would make sense that people are trying out the clown costume after the popularity of the Northampton clown story.

So the police are telling people to just not pay them any attention and walk past them whilst ignoring them if they are to pass them on the streets.

This seems to be unrelated to the Northampton clown sightings from earlier this year.

  2 comments for “Beware of unruly clowns on the street

  1. November 29, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    I’m certain that there’s a word for it, people just love to copy others. I’d be happy to put a bet on this as I’m sure, with the current publicity, this clown phenomenon will start appearing in a number of other English Midlands towns. Many people find their lives a little grey so there is little harm in a few attention seekers trying to brighten things up.

    • November 29, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      Copycat effect – well known in crime.

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