Clown Leaves Cyclist Startled In Eastbourne

Friday 7th October 2016

Sussex Police

A cyclist has been left shaken, after a person dressed as a clown jumped out from behind bushes in Eastbourne.

It happened on the national cycle route to Golden Jubilee Way on Wednesday (5 October) and the man who was dressed up holding what appeared to be a weapon. The pair didn’t exchange words and no attempt was made to harm the cyclist.

Sussex Police are aware this is a new trend that has come over from America and as Halloween is approaching, they are asking residents to report any occurrences.

Sergeant Ed Ripley said, "This is a very irresponsible act which could impact significantly on the wellbeing of people who are targeted by these pranksters. The man in this incident on Wednesday was dressed distinctly as a clown with a red wig.

"This type of behaviour will not be tolerated in Eastbourne. Police will investigate incidents of this nature."

Eastbourne’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will be running increased patrols within anti-social behaviour hotspots to ensure that disruption to residents is minimal. If you have any information or feel as though you have been a victim of anti-social behaviour please call us on 101, in an emergency always dial 999.

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