MANDURAH’S Mayor and the Deputy Police Commissioner have weighed in on the clown craze sweeping the streets of Mandurah, Australia and the world.
Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Brown said there is nothing illegal about people dressing as clowns.
“I don’t want to trivialise this, because Mandurah is a fantastic place for families and friends,” he said.
“I don’t care if people are wearing a clown suit or not, as long as they’re having a good time.
“But if it transgresses into antisocial behaviour in these precincts we’ll come down on them like a tonne of bricks.”
Mr Brown said people should call police on 131 444 is they see something they think is antisocial.
“We don’t want to see this impacting on real life,” he said.
Mr Brown said he has seen some pranks in his career, but nothing like this.
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Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone had a stern message for the pranksters.
“I want Mandurah to stay a family place,” she said.
“It’s immature and disgusting for people to go out and scare children.
“They should be ashamed of themselves.”
Clowns first began appearing on the streets of Mandurah this week.
There are reports of clowns spraying green dye from water pistols and scaring children.
The phenomena first appeared in the US in August with unsubstantiated claims clowns were trying to lure children into the forest.