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So called ‘Killer Clown’ terrorised four children as they walked to school

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Police across the UK are issuing warnings as ‘Killer Clown’ craze hits the United Kingdom. Northumbria Police have already arrested a teenage boy who was dressed as a clown and jumping out at passers-by with a knife.

Further reported sightings have been made in Middlesbrough and Stockton. Durham Police have now confirmed four school children were followed to school this morning leaving them distressed.

The incident this morning involved four school children being followed by a ‘killer clown’ who was believed to be in possession with a knife. The knife was flashed at the children as part of the prank.

The children, aged between eleven and twelve years old, were walking to The Hermitage Academy in Chester-Le-Street at about 8.40am when a man dressed as a clown jumped out on them and followed them towards the school.

The man was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, red shoes, a multi-coloured top and was described as wearing a mask as well as having his face painted. He was also carrying a knife.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Mel Sutherland, said: “The children arrived at school understandably upset and distressed by this incident and we are currently trying to locate this man. My officers will be on patrol outside the school at home time this afternoon to offer reassurance to children and parents.

“We believe this to be part of a much larger prank which is currently sweeping across the USA and parts of the UK. It is very alarming he was carrying a knife however we do not think he intended to harm the children and as far as we are aware, this is part of the prank.

“There are currently several social media accounts dedicated to this ‘Killer Clown’ craze and we are also looking into those and who is using them.

“I would like to appeal directly to the people who are dressing up and carrying out these stupid acts to think seriously about what they are doing, the distress they are causing to young children is unnecessary and it needs to stop.”

Anyone with information regarding this man’s whereabouts or any witnesses to the incident are asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 98 of Friday 7th October.

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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