Police warn terrifying craze of clowns jumping out of bushes to scare passers-by has spread to UK after sweeping America

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British schoolchildren are being terrorised by cruel pranksters who are dressing up as clowns and jumping out from behind bushes as part of a bizarre craze that started in the US. Police are trying to identify those responsible for the menacing stunts - thought to be inspired by the incidents in America - and have warned against copycats after children across Newcastle were left "incredibly distressed". Northumbria Police said they have received six separate reports since Friday, leaving parents and teachers very concerned. No one had been attacked in those incidents, but there have been further reports of clowns chasing people down the street. The craze started in the US this summer and has been fuelled by social media and online videos, with more than a dozen people being arrested for silly stunts or threats.

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