So-called “killer clown” incidents are likely to rise across London as Halloween approaches, police have warned.

The Met confirmed today (Tuesday, October 11) it was investigating several incidents where pranksters dressed as clowns had attempted to terrorise people on the street.

Three of the incidents are believed to have met the threshold at which they are deemed to be a criminal offense.

London Commander Julian Bennett, lead for the Met’s Autumn Nights Campaign, said: "Our primary responsibility is identifying 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.

"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."

Several killer clown incidents have been reported in London in the past week.

In one incident, a teenager said a clown jumped out at him from behind the bus stop in Friday Hill, Chingford, on Sunday evening.

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