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Killer clowns popping up On Teesside and Northumbria

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Northumbria police have responded to a reports from concerned members of the public that killer clowns are popping up in Newcastle.

Yesterday Northumbria Police arrested a member of the public dressed as a killer clown who was in possession of a knife who was jumping out and scaring people as they walked past.

They have also been reported to have been spotted in Stockton and Middlesbrough Cleveland Police have not yet commented.

Northumbria Police have confirmed police officers have been on high visibility patrol across the region tonight to reassure the public in light of incidents involving people dressing up as clowns.

Police say they know that people have concerns about the incidents and we have already said that any behaviour that causes alarm and distress is not welcome in our local communities.

Police have also warned those using social media saying “This also applies to social media where we have been made aware of some messages on both Facebook and Instagram in which individuals have threatened to turn up at different locations dressed as clowns.”

Northumbria police are fully aware of these posts and our high visibility patrols will be continuing over the coming days to reassure concerned members of the public.

Police still do not believe there to be any risk to any members of the public but we will always take this type of incident seriously.

Yesterday police warned a 13 year old boy who was dressed as a clown attempting to scare passer-bys.

Officers took a knife off hime while he was in police custody.

The youngster was questioned overnight and was released from custody and given a warning about his behaviour.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Grant Urquhart said: “Carrying out these type of pranks may seem harmless but they can be very upsetting to the people they are targeting.

“We are taking this seriously and I hope that anyone planning on copying this behaviour should know that we will arrest you and you will spend a night in custody.

“We have made it very clear to the teenager arrested this behaviour is unacceptable.

“Officers will continue on their regular patrols in the coming days and weeks which will include being visible in the areas where these incidents have taken place.

“We would also like to encourage parents to know where your children are and what they are up to and keep an eye on any unusual behaviour.

“There have been some concerns raised to us about online posts about similar incidents but we do believe these are American-based and don’t believe there to be a risk to our communities.”

Anyone with any concerns should not hesitate to contact police on 101 and rest assured we will take appropriate action against anyone involving themselves in these types of incidents.

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Tragic Girl aged nine died following North Yorkshire Rock Fall

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A girl aged nine has sadly died after suffering serious head injuries in a rock fall on a beach in North Yorkshire.

Emergency services responded to the horrific incident just after 4.45pm following reports a girl has been hurt.

Despite frantic efforts by emergency service workers she sadly died at the scene.

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed the sad news and have also said they are supporting the family at this difficult time.

Police, Fire, Ambulance, Air Ambulance and the Coastguard all worked together to attempt to save the girls life.

Police Hours thoughts and preys at this difficult time are with this young girls family and friends.

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Help support the family of Three young children who have tragically lost their mum

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Police Hour is looking to help support the family of Kelly Franklin who was murdered in Hartlepool, Having personally known Kelly as a wonderful person we would like to raise some money to help support her children.

It was very tragic and saddening that we reported the murder of Kelly, but to find out within hours this was the Kelly we knew, the Kelly that had a heart of gold and the Kelly that ensured other peoples children never went without, we really had to try and do something to help and support her children.

After Kelly Franklin was murdered she was the mum of three wonderful children who have been left heartbroken.

Police Hour has set up a JustGiving Appeal to help support the three young children following the tragic murder of their mum.

Kelly Franklin who sadly died on Friday 3rd August on Oxford Road in Hartlepool was such a loving, caring, beautiful young mother of three whose life has been tragically cut short.

Kelly was always bursting with life, happiness and joy and you would not bump into her without seeing a beautiful smile on her face. She was loved by so many and always had time for others.

Her three beautiful children were her most treasured things in her life and they are all in complete shock and horror that their mother’s life has been taken away from them and us so suddenly.

It is so difficult to find the words to describe how the family feels at this moment.

If you would like to support the appeal please click here to donate. Thank you for your support.

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Two arrested after Kelly Franklin Murdered in Hartlepool

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Kelly Franklin has been named after being attacked with a knife in Hartlepool.

Kelly was a kind and caring mother of three young children. She sadly died after suffering significant injuries on Oxford Road near to Chaucer Avenue in the town.

Kelly was aged just 29 years old. A 30-year-old who was known to Kelly is currently in Police Custody.

Specially trained officers are supporting Kelly’s family and our thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time.

Detectives would like to again appeal for any witnesses to the incident to get in touch with them.

Police believe that Oxford Road would have been busy with vehicles travelling along Oxford Road on Friday evening, and that it is a route often used by buses and taxis.

Any drivers who were in the area of Oxford Road near to Chaucer Avenue at around 9pm on Friday evening, particularly anyone who may have dash cam footage, are asked to call them on 101.

Two people, a 30-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman, remain in custody on suspicion of murder.

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