The creepy craze of ‘killer clowns’ appears to have reached Belfast, with scary sightings reported across the city.
The bizarre craze, which started on college campuses in the US, has now apparently spread to UK soil.
— Kenny (@KennyR4) October 5, 2016
One was arrested in Newcastle with a knife yesterday, whilst freaky reports suggest the clowns have been sighted jumping out of bushes and chasing pedestrians down the street.
Elsewhere in the UK, clown sightings have been rife in Newcastle, prompting Northumbria Police to issue a statement last night.
NAW THERES CLOWNS FLOATING AROUND BELFAST IM AWAY
— spooky c (@escapetyler) October 5, 2016
It said: “Tonight, officers have arrested a teenage boy in Blakelaw in possession of a bladed article in connection with one of such clown incidents.
“This arrest should act as a clear warning to others who are actively seeking to cause distress and potentially harm others.
there's 3 clowns in belfast right now but there's probs more rip in fucking peace me
— spooky lucy!! (@NOWAYLUCY) October 5, 2016
“This behaviour will not be tolerated by Northumbria Police and extra officers will be on hand to offer reassurance and catch those responsible for any criminal offences which have taken place.”
It comes after threatening, sometimes violent clowns have been sighted across the US, particularly in the last couple of weeks.
And school pupils have been reporting threats made against them and their schools by clowns online.
The problem is so widespread and menacing that it’s sparked national fear.
We’re personally never going outside, ever again.