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Govt, police frown on social media clowns

AAP logoAAP 9/10/2016 Darren Cartwright

Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad says anyone intimidated by someone acting out the social media clown craze should contact police.

The craze has taken off across the world and involves people dressing as clowns and scaring people.

Queensland police have frowned upon the clown craze, warning they will not tolerate any anti-social behaviour.

"It's clear this is part of a social media stunt," Ms Trad said on Sunday.

"These antics have been initiated to threaten or scare people. The Queensland police understand the antics involved and they will not tolerate anti-social behaviour.

"It's important that the Queensland community assist police and make sure incidents are reported."

Police say they have yet to encounter anything untoward and people who get involved in the craze should be careful not to break the law.

"While there have been no reports of physical threats or acts of violence involving 'clowns', police will not tolerate anyone engaging in intimidating or anti-social behaviour," police said in a statement.

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