Police are aware of a growing number of reports across Northern Ireland regarding the so-called ‘Killer Clown’ craze and are appealing for people not to become involved.
We are aware of posts on social media platforms where individuals have suggested dressing in clown costumes and going to schools to scare teachers and students. Reports have also been received of people dressed as clowns in a number of areas.
Patrols have been briefed in relation to this and they will take appropriate action should they encounter any criminal behaviour.
Members of the public are also encouraged not to approach anyone they witness taking part in this behaviour, but instead call police.
Commenting Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin, District Policing Command said:
“I would advise anyone who may be considering posting information on social media platforms to consider what they’re saying. Encouraging behaviour that has the potential to generate fear or indeed posting threatening messages can lead to a criminal record.
“Crime is crime, whether in the virtual world or the real world and there are consequences. Please don’t get caught up in something that could jeopardise your future.”