Reassurance over clown rumours

28 November 2013

Police have received two reports of people dressed as clowns in
King s Lynn which, they believe, is anti-social behaviour being
fuelled by reports on social media.

The first report happened on Tuesday 26
November at approximately 8pm on Marsh Lane, Gaywood. The second
took place the following evening (Wednesday 27 November) on the
cycle path between the Fairstead skate park and Extons Road at
approximately 7.20pm.

King s Lynn and West Norfolk Superintendent
Carl Edwards, explained: “Firstly I d like to stress that it isn t
against the law to dress up as a clown. Nobody has been assaulted
and it appears that the people involved are waiting for a
passer-by to be startled by their appearance and run away, and then
the clown runs after them for a short distance.

“We know there has been a lot of gossip and
conversations about this on social media channels, not just in
Norfolk, and it is important to gain a perspective on these
incidents.

We appreciate this can worry people, especially the
young or elderly.

The most effective way to behave if you are to
see someone dressed up is to give no reaction because that s what
they are after!

“We will be out in the areas where reports
have been made to attempt to find those responsible and offer them
strong words of advice.

In Tuesday s report, the person was described as wearing a full
clown out-fit with red suit and red hair and, in the report the
following day, of two people wearing Halloween-type clown masks.

In both cases, the callers reported being alarmed and being chased
a short way up the road by those involved.

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