Shantallow Sinn Féin Councillor Elisha McCallion has called on those involved in this Killer Clown craze to desist from this dangerous activity before someone is seriously injured or worse.
Cllr. McCallion said:
“The craze involves people dressing up as clowns and scaring or intimidating members of the public.It apparently originated in the US and has seen a string of copycat incidents in various other countries recently.
“I have received a number of reports from different areas of the city of incidents of individuals dressed as clowns and carrying what appeared to be knives. Parents are reporting children being terrified and unable to sleep after witnessing these individuals carrying out pranks.
“I am calling on anyone involved in this activity to desist immediately and on parents to check if teenagers have purchased clown outfits recently and if so impress on them the distress and fear these pranks can have on children and vulnerable people.
“The PSNI should be notified of any pranks or sighting of anyone participating in this dangerous craze.
“Anyone acting in a manner that causes distress or potential harm to others even as a so-called prank should be aware that they are liable to prosecution.”