POLICE have said that there have been 10 reports of incidents involving clowns in Barnsley - and have issued a warning to those responsible.

Between September 21 and today (October 12), concerns have been raised by 61 members of the public relating to incidents involving people dressed as clowns in South Yorkshire.

That equates to 11 reports in Doncaster, 18 in Rotherham, 21 in Sheffield and 10 in Barnsley.

The incidents include people being dressed as clowns knocking on windows and doors, and children and adults being frightened. There have also been two reports of clowns with knives, which are being investigated by police.

An incident in Dinnington, Rotherham, last night (October 11) is also under investigation after a 17-year-old boy was assaulted by a man dressed as a clown.

Super Intendent Colin McFarlane said: “There is a clear distinction to be drawn between young people who might be dressing up as we move into the Guy Fawkes and Halloween period and those that are dressing as clowns in order to commit public order offences or harassment.

"Clearly those that are crossing the threshold of criminality and especially if they are carrying weapons will be dealt with accordingly. I need people to understand that consequences of their actions and to take responsibility for them - South Yorkshire Police will not tolerate criminal behaviour.

“I urge anyone who feels frightened or threatened to report it to police.”

Anyone who is concerned or would like to report an incident should call 101.