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Killer clown craze: Russian Embassy warns citizens to be on alert in Britain

The Independent The Independent 13/10/2016 Harry Cockburn

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The Russian Embassy has warned its citizens in the UK to “beware” of pranksters dressing as clowns.

The advice follows a spate of incidents in which people dressed in menacing clown outfits have been filmed scaring members of the public.

In an official statement, the Russian authorities said the clowns are causing “fear and bewilderment”.

POSED BY MODEL A person wearing a clown costume in a street in Liverpool. The "killer clown" craze has continued to spread across the UK © PA Wire POSED BY MODEL A person wearing a clown costume in a street in Liverpool. The "killer clown" craze has continued to spread across the UK On its website, the Russian Embassy wrote: “According to British media and law enforcement agencies in recent [days] in different regions of the country in the dark, there are cases of attacks [by] malicious people in clown suits.

The purpose of the antics of the British “clowns” - to cause fear and bewilderment.

“We ask citizens in the UK Russia take note of this information.”

On Tuesday, a student at Brunel University was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence after he was seen dressed as a clown and chasing people with a chainsaw on the university’s campus.


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