Over 60 calls have been made to police about 'killer clowns' across Sheffield and South Yorkshire in just three weeks.
South Yorkshire Police revealed that between September 21 and October 12, concerns have been raised by 61 members of the public relating to incidents involving people dressed as clowns.
Two recorded incidents said knives were being carried.
Police received 21 reports in Sheffield, 11 in Doncaster, 10 in Barnsley, 18 in Rotherham. One report relates to a member of the public making police aware of a Facebook page.
The incidents include people being dressed as clowns knocking on windows and doors, frightening children and adults.
An incident in Dinnington, Rotherham, last night is also under investigation after a 17-year-old boy was assaulted by a man dressed as a clown. It’s been reported the boy was approached by the man at around 9pm in Lordens Hill and a wooden log was thrown at him, causing a cut to the victim’s head. He received treatment at hospital and has since been discharged. READ MORE ABOUT THE ATTACK
Superintendent Colin McFarlane said: “There is a clear distinction to be drawn between young people who might be dressing up as we move into the Guy Fawkes and Halloween period and those that are dressing as clowns in order to commit public order offences or harassment.
"Clearly those that are crossing the threshold of criminality and especially if they are carrying weapons will be dealt with accordingly. I need people to understand that consequences of their actions and to take responsibility for them - South Yorkshire Police will not tolerate criminal behaviour.
“I urge anyone who feels frightened or threatened to report it to police.”
Anyone who witnessed what happened can call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 1145 of 11 October 2016.