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Warning over youths in clown masks in Minster on Isle of Sheppey

A Kent town is being intimidated by youths wearing clown masks.

Officers on the Isle of Sheppey have urged anyone seeing the clowns to call 101, and have warned that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

Police issued the warning today after clown sightings over the weekend in Minster.

Boys in clown masks were seen near Thamesview School
Boys in clown masks were seen near Thamesview School

It comes after a year after a spate of clown sightings shocked schoolchildren in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

The 'clown' sparked panic after chasing a group of students through Tonbridge High Street but was later revealed to be an 18-year-old girl.

Kels Walker, posting on the Sheerness Times Guardian Facebook page, described seeing the Minster clowns.

Kels said: "I did see three teenagers about midnight in Minster with facemasks/facepaint on and it does look pretty scary/intimidating.

"It's a shame because I am sure the vast majority of them mean well but just don't realise how it might upset others."

But police deny claims a masked menace is "terrorising" people on the Isle of Sheppey.

Inspector Gavin Wade of the Swale community safety unit said: "While discussing antisocial behaviour with residents in Chapel Street last Friday evening, the local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) was informed of one incident where two young people wearing masks were seen to throw toilet paper over a car.

"We are not aware of any other reports of this nature.

"Kent Police takes all instances of antisocial behaviour seriously and urges anyone who experiences it to report it to us by calling 101."

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