Met puts more officers on the streets in autumn as clown craze continues

Stop clowning around: the Met has reassured Londoners that they are looking into various “Killer Clown” incidents from across the city ask officers ask people to remember to be responsible.
 
So far there have been reported incidents in Romford, Latimer Road, Highgate and more.
 
And a police boss today warned that officers are expecting the clown craze may worsen in the run-up to Halloween.
 
“We are currently assessing a small number of reported ‘Killer Clown’ incidents in London, three of which meet the threshold of a criminal offence,” said Commander Julian Bennett.
 
“Our primary responsibility is indentifying and investigating those incidents where a criminal offence has occurred.
 
“However, anti-social behaviour can leave people feeling scared, anxious and intimidated and I would urge those who are causing fear and alarm to carefully consider the impact their actions have on others,” he added.
 
He also emphasised the launch of Autumn Nights campaign, which takes place to keep the streets safe each year.
 
“In the run up to Halloween it is expected that these types of incidents will increase but with the launch of our annual Autumn Nights campaign in the coming weeks Safer Neighbourhood Officers working in partnership with other agencies will be carrying out additional reassurance patrols and will be on hand for those who are especially vulnerable during this period.
 
“Whilst we do not want to stop people from enjoying themselves it is important that while having fun they remember to act in a responsible manner and understand that they could be prosecuted if a criminal offence is committed,” he added.

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