Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

2 Minutes Yesterday In

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

2 Minutes Yesterday In

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08:45 'Killer clown' craze hits North East A knife-wielding "killer clown" followed four children on their way to school in Durham yesterday morning.

The children, aged between 11 and 12, were walking to the Hermitage Academy in Chester-le-Street at about 8.40am when a man dressed as a clown jumped out at them and followed them towards the school.

The man, who was carrying a knife, was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, red shoes, a multicoloured top and was described as wearing a mask as well as having his face painted.

Dozens of other reports have surfaced of costumed creeps stalking the region's streets in a phenomenon apparently inspired by an American trend.

Northumbria Police said they were investigating up to six separate reports of clowns and issued a warning urging the so-called pranksters to put an end to the craze.

10:27 Mum caught smuggling drugs into prison A mum has narrowly avoided her own stint behind bars after trying to smuggle drugs into prison for her son.

Anita McGlen was caught trying to pass narcotics to inmate son, Ryan McGlen, at HMP Northumberland, after hiding them in her underwear, a court heard.

But, the 53-year-old cleaner was spotted on CCTV handing two wraps of tablets over to her son as they chatted during visiting time on April 17 this year.

Newcastle Crown Court was told Ryan, who was serving a sentence of two years and three months for robbery, had rung his mother, pleading with her to bring the class C drugs into the prison, claiming threats had been made by other inmates to stab him if she didn't.

11:00 Man charged with shooting boy up in court A man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a 15-year-old boy who was shot while riding on the back of a motorbike.

Steven Thompson, 39, of Hewitt Avenue, Sunderland, is also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a firearm without a certificate and perverting the course of justice. …

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