The NSPCC reports that Childline was contacted 120 times in one week by children scared by people dressing up as terrifying clowns in order to frighten passers-by. Cases of this trend which have been reported to police have involved clowns chasing children with weapons; clowns targeting schools; children being targeted by clowns online. Children are advised to: talk to a parent, teacher or trusted adult about their concerns; contact the police if they are threatened by a creepy clown in the street; call Childline if they want to discuss their worries or get advice and support; block and report abusive messages from people posing as clowns on social media.

Source: NSPCC  Date: 14 October 2016

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