‘Clowns’ chased kids with hammers in Derbyshire

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Pranksters dressed as clowns have scared and chased children and residents in Derbyshire while carrying hammers, a machete and knives, police crime statistics show.

Derbyshire police has been called to 53 incidents relating to sightings of people dressed as clowns across the county and Derby city since October 7.

Shockingly, a number of these incidents involved kids - including one child being chased by clowns holding hammers, clowns with knives chasing a group on a park and a clowns scaring children near a school.

At the height of the craze (October 7 to 13), officers were called to 23 incidents.

Derbyshire Constabulary has urged people to report sightings of clowns, calling the incidents “unacceptable”.

READ MORE: ‘Killer clown’ craze not acceptable, Derbyshire police say

The statistics have been revealed following a Freedom of Information request to Derbyshire Constabulary.

The figures below show details of 23 incidents which took place in just one week (October 7 to October 13).

1. Location: Derby

Date: 7/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN STOOD IN JITTY

Arrest: None

2. Location: Rose Hill

Date: 8/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN WITH KNIFE SEEN IN PARK

Arrests: None

3. Location: Derby

Date: 8/10/2016

Incident: CALLER STATED BEING CHASED BY CLOWNS

Arrests: None

4. Location: Clay Cross

Date: 11/10/2016

Incident: CLOWNS SEEN IN CAR

Arrests: None

5. Location: Hollingwood, Inkersall And Duckmanton

Date: 11/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN OUTSIDE SCHOOL SCARING CHILDREN.

Arrests: None 1

6. Location: Ilkeston town

Date: 11/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN WITH KNIFE SCARED CALLER

Arrests: None

7. Location: Littleover And Blagreaves

Date: 11/10/2016

Incident: MALE WITH CLOWN’S MASK ON HOLDING MACHETTE

Arrests: None

8. Location: Rose Hil

Date: 11/10/2016

Incident: CHILD CHASED BY CLOWNS HOLDING HAMMERS

Arrests: None

9. Location: Marston And Clifton

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN IN CAR

Arrests: None

10. Location: Killamarsh

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN PEOPLE AT DOOR SCARING OCCUPANTS

Arrests: None

11. Location: Shirebrook

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: PERSON WITH CLOWN MASK ON ENTERED REAR GARDEN AND UP TO WINDOW LOOKING IN

Arrests: None

12. Location: Wingerworth And Rural

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN IN PARK SCARING TEENAGERS

Arrests: None

13. Location: Codnor, Waingroves And Langley Mill

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN SEEN CHASING CHILDREN

Arrests: None

14. Location: Heage

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN JUMPED OUT AT CALLER

Arrests: None

15. Location: Middlecroft And Poolsbrook

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: CALLER HAD BEEN CHASED BY A CLOWN

Arrests: None

16. Newbold And Brockwell

Date: 12/10/2016

Location: CLOWN SEEN OUTSIDE CALLERS HOME

Arrests: None

17. Location: Default zone for all locations outside organisational area.

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: CHILD REPORTED SEEING A CLOWN

Arrests: None

18. Location: Long Eaton North

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: PEOPLE IN CLOWN MASKS RUNNING AROUND CAUSING TROUBLE AND CHASING PEOPLE

Arrests: None

19. Location: Chaddesden And Spondon

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN SEEN ON PARK

Arrests: None

20. Location: Derwent And Oakwood

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: CHILD FRIGHTENED BY CLOWN WHILST PLAYING

Arrests: None

21. Location: Normanton

Date: 12/10/2016

Incident: CLOWNS WITH KNIVES CHASED GROUP ON LOCAL PARK

Arrests: None

22. Location Chaddesden And Spondon

Date: 13/10/2016

Incident: CLOWN CHASED BY MEMBER OF PUBLIC

Arrests: None

23. Normanton

Date: 13/10/2016

Incident: SOMEONE DRESSED AS CLOWN WENT TO FRONT DOOR

Arrests: None