Barbourville police warning community of “clown complaints”

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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- Barbourville police has put out a warning on Facebook about what it calls “clown complaints.”

There have been media reports and social networking posts that reference sightings of people dressed as clowns. One recent Facebook post shows a clown standing on the side of a highway in London.

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Earlier this summer, reports of clowns trying to lure children into the woods in South Carolina gained national attention.

Barbourville police Facebook warning:

Ladies and gentlemen please take note of the following as we have had several “clown complaints.”
With the current mainstream media and social media coverage of clown sightings clown pranks have created a real concern and risk.
Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others.
This creates a risk of harm to you, of collisions near roadways and to bystanders and children who become frightened.
Please refrain from this unnecessary activity.
While dressing up is not, in and of itself against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal.
Approaching people in a threatening manner and threatening people is illegal.
If you create such a situation that violates the law you will be charged and arrested.
Also falsely reporting incidents to law enforcement is illegal and can lead to arrest.
Assaulting, shooting, attacking or otherwise injuring someone simply because they are wearing a costume can lead to criminal charges.
As with any situation if you are placed in a situation of imminent harm quickly create a safe situation for you or children and contact police.