Creepy clown sightings in Hampshire

POlice have been made aware of the incidents

Clowns have apparently been spotted in Maidstone and Paddock Wood.

The force also delivered a warning to those who are intentionally aiming to frighten people by dressing up as clowns.

The group of friends also photographed the same clown sitting down in the auto park, at a different location of the Rec.

The clowns have been reported to have been scaring children and adults.

As "clown hunting" groups are being set up to track the mysterious figures scaring the public, Gloucestershire police have warned people not to turn into vigilantes as the clown craze continues.

The warning came as police forces across Britain said they had received multiple reports of clown sightings by frightened members of the public, after the fancy dress craze, which has snowballed in the United States over the past month, spread to the UK. We believe this is linked to a wider trend across the country and in the USA.

"Anti-social behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others".

"If you do see any clowns in and around our area intimidating people, armed with anything or being offensive please call Castle Hill Police or triple zero in an emergency", the statement said.

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Acting Chief Inspector Darren Deex, of Essex Police, said: "It would appear the intentions of these "clowns" is to scare members of the public however to date there have been no reports of physical threats of harm or violence being caused".

Police have warned pranksters dressing as clowns that they could be committing a criminal offence.

Police officers have yet to see anyone in a clown suit in their responses to the calls.

A masked man with a knife left a group of children aged 11 and 12 "upset and distressed" when he jumped out on them on their way to the Hermitage Academy in Chester-le-Street, County Durham on Friday.

There have been a number of reported sightings in Bracknell, near Camberley, Get Reading reports.

"Police will investigate incidents of this nature". They could be arrested and ultimately end up with a criminal record.

"We are hoping that this craze will pass this week and we'd urge the small minority of people still taking part to stop".