After Eastbourne witnessed the first of a craze which sees people terrorise others by dressing as clowns and brandishing a weapon, warning’s going out to anyone thinking of joining in the fad.
On Friday (7 October), Eastbourne Buzz reported on a cyclist being startled by a clown on Golden Jubilee Way. Now Sussex Police are warning anyone caught pranking others with a weapon, won’t be laughing so hard if they’re reported and caught.
Inspector Simon Starns said, "We are aware this is a trend that has come over from America as Halloween is approaching.
"However while is not an offence to dress up as a clown and prank your mates, we don't advise people to do this to strangers in the current climate of heightened security and it is an offence to carry an offensive weapon or an item which could be perceived to be a weapon.
"We will respond if someone feels threatened and the culprit could end up being arrested and then they won't find it so funny.
"While we realise that reports of this kind are not restricted to just the Sussex area, the issues of intimidation, potential arrest and waste of public resources are the same across the country and we would urge people to refrain from such activity."