Police quell fears over Doncaster spooky clown ‘sightings’

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Police have moved to reassure the public over spooky clowns supposedly haunting the streets of Doncaster.

Social media sites have been awash with reports of people dressing up as clowns and prowling the streets in a bid to scare residents.

But Rossington Safer Neighbourhood Team has quashed the reports and told parents to reassure their children.

In a statement issued on its Facebook page, the SNT said: “We are aware that there are a number of reports circulating on social media of a clown being seen on the streets of South Yorkshire.

“There have been no actual sightings of a clown reported to police or any crimes committed.”

“This has also gone viral throughout the country, please reassure your children.”

In recent weeks, clowns have been supposedly been sighted on the streets of Grimsby, Lincoln, Retford, Scunthorpe, Mansfield, Bradford, Sheffield and Hull with the incidents seemingly stemming from a series of incidents in Northampton from earlier this year when photographs of a man dressed as Pennywise the Clown from 1980s horror film Stephen King’s It began circulating.