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Copycat: Threatening clowns seen in UK, following US trend

Associated Press Associated Press 8/10/2016

LONDON — British police have warned about people in clown outfits acting suspiciously and sometimes wielding knives as they follow people.

The warning Saturday follows a string of incidents in recent days in an apparent effort to copy clown-related threats in the United States.

Police in Gloucestershire said there have been six reports of clowns acting suspiciously and sometimes in a threatening way. Police say no arrests have been made because the people dressed as clowns have left the scene before police arrived.

The incidents in Gloucestershire followed earlier reports of disturbances in other parts of Britain.

Police said a masked man with a knife jumped out and threatened children in Durham on Friday and that several people dressed as clowns chased a young boy the day before in Suffolk.

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