Don’t let ‘killer crown’ craze return just because scary movie IT reaches cinemas this week – Gloucestershire Live

There are hopes that last years killer clown craze will not return to coincide with the release of horror movie IT in cinemas.

Stephen Kings terrifying novel, which features a murdering clown, has been adapted for the big screen and midnight screenings are taking place in Gloucestershire.

Elsewhere in the UK, police have issued warnings to people not to imitate the craze' of dressing up as clowns to scare people.

Last year, around 20 incidents of killer clowns were reported to police in Gloucestershire, including reports of clowns following children home from schools.

A police spokesman said at the time parents had a responsibility if they feel their children are dressing up as clowns.

They said: "We would just urge people to think about what they're doing.

"Parents have a responsibility too and we would encourage anyone who thinks their children may be doing this to have a conversation with them so they understand the consequences."

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Officers also warned people not to turn vigilante in going after people dressed as clowns.

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The movie It tells the story of a neighbourhood in Derry, Maine, in the United States, where children work together against Pennywise the clown, who has murdered people for centuries.

Gloucestershire police have not issued any specific warnings about killer clowns this year ahead of the films release or the build-up to Halloween.

But in Cambridgeshire, police have reminded people about the consequences of scaring people in the wake of the film's release.

They added: We would like to take this opportunity to remind people that the act of frightening or threatening others may be enough to warrant public order criminal offences.

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