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Police arrest 'armed' Dunedin clowns

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/10/2016

The global "scary clown" craze is continuing in New Zealand with two people dressed as clowns arrested in Dunedin after reports they were threatening people with a machete.

Police arrested the pair in the student quarter of North Dunedin on Sunday night, but say they weren't able to confirm if the pair were armed.

"They were dressed as clowns," a spokeswoman said in a statement.

"There were reports that the people were holding weapons, but this has not been confirmed."

It was not clear if they would be charged.

The creepy clown craze, which started in the United States, has caused consternation after it spread to the United Kingdom and Australia.

People have been dressing in clown outfits, sometimes carrying knives, and acting suspiciously or chasing people, often young children.

Earlier this month two men dressed as clowns assaulted a woman in Hamilton and police are still trying to find who was responsible.

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