‘Killer clown’ craze comes to West Cumbria

By Rachael Grealish
THE infamous ‘killer clown’ prank that has spread from the US and stormed UK has made it’s way to Cumbria.

The image of a small 'clown' in Orgill, Egremont, submitted to Egremont 2Day

The image of a small ‘clown’ in Orgill, Egremont, submitted to Egremont 2Day

Cumbria Constabulary have reported that the disturbing trend of children and adults being frightened by people in clown costumes has reached West Cumbria.

Nine incidents were reported to the police over the weekend – including one in Whitehaven and an image of a clown on Orgill, in Egremont was submitted to Egremont 2Day.

It was believed in Whitehaven, that young people would be going out dressed as clowns to scare children and in Workington, the clown was brandishing a stick and approached a small child outside the sports centre on Cloffocks before running away.

Superintendent Mark Pannone said: “Dressing up as a clown to scare people may seem like a joke, but it is no laughing matter. The fear of such incidents is deeply upsetting children in Cumbria and causing them a great deal of distress. It will not be tolerated by police.

“We’d like to remind those that are thinking of taking part in this nationwide craze, to first think of the consequences. Such behaviour could lead to an arrest for a public order offence, possession of an offensive weapon or an assault.”

More incidents have been reported in Carlisle, Barrow and Kendall.

To report an incident a non-emergency incident call 101 or 999 for emergencies only.