Creepy clown sightings on Teesside: Where did it start, why now, and why clowns?
Police have confirmed they are investigating reports of a ‘knife wielding’ clown on Teesside - but why are people dressing up to scare locals?
Towns and cities across the UK have been reporting sightings of ‘clowns’ jumping out of the dark and creeping up to people, over the last few weeks.
The reports range from creepy pranks to more sinister incidents, where those dressing up have allegedly been carrying knives or approaching schools.
And the phenomenon’s rise has been boosted by social media - with stories and photos popping up regularly on Facebook and other sites.
But why are people... read more
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