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Tonbridge clown mask: 18-year-old girl identified as person scaring schoolchildren

It's been revealed a person who has been wandering around in a clown mask terrifying schoolchildren is an 18-year-old girl. 

Schools in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells issued warnings after several pupils were approached and followed by a woman donning a halloween-style mask.

Concerned parents also took to social media to slam the individual who reportedly chased a group of students through busy Tonbridge High Street. 

Police are asking members of the public to use Halloween masks responsibly. Stock picture

An 18-year-old girl has been forced to apologise after scaring Tonbridge school children with masks. Stock picture

Kent Police has now confirmed an 18-year-old girl has been identified as the person responsible. 

A spokesman said there have been no further reports since October 14 and the girl is currently helping officers with their inquiries.

He also stressed there is no link between the clown incidents and a number of suspicious van incidents recently reported.

Tunbridge Wells Chief Inspector Dave Pate said: "We are continuing to make enquiries to establish whether any offences have been committed. Most reports of people wearing masks can be explained as part of the run up to Halloween and Bonfire night.

"I would warn everyone to celebrate responsibly and not do anything which may cause alarm, distress of fear to others" - Ch Insp Pate

"Whilst it’s not unusual for people to be wearing fancy dress, including masks, I would warn everyone to celebrate responsibly and not do anything which may cause alarm, distress of fear to others.

"Anyone found to be committing an offence will be dealt with appropriately."

Officers said they have been liaising with local schools as part of enquiries relating to a number of different reports in recent weeks, involving people travelling in vans and approaching children.

A number of reports have been investigated and inquiries have led to officers ruling out any crimes being committed. 

Chief Insp Pate said: "I want to assure parents that we take the safety of all children very seriously and currently have extra officers on patrol.

"In many cases there are valid reasons for vans slowing down to find their destination or to ask for directions. However, we would urge anyone who has a genuine concern around suspicious behaviour to get in touch with us." 



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