Teen bailed af­ter ‘clown with chain­saw’ episode

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A TEENAGER ar­rested fol­low­ing a ‘killer clown’ sight­ing at Brunel Univer­sity has been bailed.

The 19-year-old man was ar­rested on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 11 on sus­pi­cion of a pub­lic or­der of­fence.

It came af­ter of­fi­cers re­ceived re­ports that be­tween 7.30pm on Satur­day and 1.30am on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 8 and 9, a man was seen dressed up as a clown de­lib­er­ately fright­en­ing peo­ple.

Brunel Univer­sity’s se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions man­ager, Terry Vass, says the univer­sity takes stu­dent’s safety ex­tremely se­ri­ously: “Brunel’s cam­pus is pa­trolled by se­cu­rity teams 24 hours a day and is mon­i­tored by more than 400 CCTV cam­eras.”

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said it is cur­rently as­sess­ing a num­ber of re­ports of clown in­ci­dents in Lon­don, three of which they say “meet the thresh­old of a crim­i­nal of­fence”.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der way into the in­ci­dents and po­lice are urg­ing peo­ple to think about what im­pact their ac­tions can have on other peo­ple.

Com­man­der Ju­lian Ben­nett is urg­ing peo­ple to act re­spon­si­bly in the run up to Hal­loween.

He said: “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.”

The man has been bailed to later this month pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries.

CCTV: A ‘clown’ scared peo­ple at the Brunel cam­pus in Uxbridge

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