Two arrests have been made after more clown related incidents have been reported in the North East.
Police were called to Gent Road in Bishop Auckland on October 10 after residents spotted two men ‘with a clown mask and holding a weapon’ in the street.
When Officers arrived at the scene, the young men fled and made an attempt to hide the mask but were caught after a short foot chase and seized of their weapons.
While people have mostly escaped unharmed from these incidents, police are still issuing a warning to potential offenders that they could be committing a Public Order Offence and to be more considerate of other people, especially the young and elderly.
A number of frightening figures dressed as clowns have been spotted throughout the UK on different occasions.
The ‘killer clown’ craze first started in the US with dozens of reports of people being frightened by people wearing circus costumes.