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‘Killer clown’ craze is wasting police time and must stop police warn

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Police have warned that people dressing up as ‘Killer Clowns’ is having a massive drain on police resources and is wasting police time.

The stunts that the so-called ‘killer clowns’ are carrying out is no laughing matter.

There have now been a huge number of sightings across the UK, Four children were terrorised as they walked to school in County Durham.

Durham Constabulary have warned that these pranksters need to think seriously about these stupid acts.

Northumbria Police arrested a teenage boy who was jumping out at passers-by with a knife dressed as a clown.

Further sightings have been made in Middlesbrough where Cleveland Police are investigating a number of incidents of people being chased by clowns within the Pallister Park area.

Further incidents have been reported n Leeds, Edinburgh, Hampshire and Essex and we fear that the craze is only going to increase.

Gloucestershire police have responded to six emergency calls involving clowns jumping out on people wielding knives.

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: “The reports have mostly involved clowns carrying knives.

“In one case a child was followed. Clearly this has scared people and caused real distress.

“We have attended these incidents as grade 1 emergencies and that limits our ability to attend to other incidents.

“We haven’t traced anyone involved as yet as they have disappeared by the time we arrive but anyone we do find will be dealt with appropriately.

“Whether those involved are doing it for a joke or not, this is no laughing matter.

“These are stupid acts that are really frightening people and wasting our time. Please don’t be tempted to do it. Think of the consequences.”

What is a ‘Killer Clown’ 

It all began when videos from the US showed clown pranks in which people dressed as clowns with spades, knives and other weapons to catch people unawares and jump out on them creating a fear.

Is it a criminal offence

if you intend a person to be alarmed or distressed within the UK it is a criminal offence and you could be arrested and charged.

If you are carrying any knives or other weapons you could be further charged with a criminal offence.

 

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Man hunt as women attacked by stranger in London believed to be suffering mental health crisis

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Police urgently want to speak to Joe Xuereb who is wanted after a stranger attacked two women, they are both fighting for their life.

Joe Xuereb must not be approached he is highly dangerous, after an unprovoked random attack on two women in the street.

The two women are fighting for their lives after being attacked in the street by a stranger, and Joe Xuereb is currently a suspect and wanted by police in relation to the incident.

Xuereb is believed to have been suffering from serious mental health issues and members of the public should not approach him he is aged 27 and from Greenwich, southeast London.

The women were targeted in a “horrific” attack in Adderley Gardens in Greenwich on Sunday.

Officers were called at 12.10pm to find the victims, aged 30 and 64, suffering from injuries “consistent with a violent assault”.

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Dangerous prisoner fails to return after attending family funeral

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Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded.

34-year-old Aaron Johnson was reported missing to police at 11.15pm  last night, Friday 17 August,.

Johnson had been granted a special purpose temporary licence to attend a funeral yesterday but failed to return to the prison as arranged. He was last seen in West London.

Johnson is serving a 9 year sentence for robbery, wounding and assault.

He is described as black, 6 feet tall, of medium build, and had a beard. He was wearing a black jacket,  blue jeans, white t-shirt and trainers.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Aaron Johnson or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 480 of 17 August.

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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