Herts Police offer advice on clown reports

Hertfordshire Constabulary is issuing further advice following more reports of people dressed as clowns, which is causing distress to some people.

Published: Tuesday, 11th October 2016

It would seem in some instances that those dressing up have no idea of the genuine fear they are causing to vulnerable members of the public and we would urge people think about their behaviour regardless of the motive behind their intentions.

Superintendent Richard Liversidge said: “Although the people dressing up as clowns may think they are taking part in some harmless fun, they should be mindful of the impact their actions may have on others and be aware that any behaviour that causes another person alarm or distress could lead to them being arrested under the Public Order Act 1986.

“We want people to enjoy themselves as we approach Halloween but not at the expense of others.

“It is also important that people use social media responsibly and do not post items that could further fuel this inappropriate activity and create unnecessary fear within the community.”

He added: “At this stage it is unclear whether some of these reports have been made by hoax callers. I’d like to remind the public that the Constabulary will take robust action against anyone who makes hoax calls to the force as this can divert precious resources away from real emergencies.”

Anyone who witnesses or an experiences an incident which has / or is causing harassment, alarm or distress should call Hertfordshire Constabulary on 101.

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