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Laurel police issues statement regarding clown reports

Clown sightings have been making national news, and Laurel Police are addressing social media rumors regarding clowns spotted in the city. Source: Wikimedia Clown sightings have been making national news, and Laurel Police are addressing social media rumors regarding clowns spotted in the city. Source: Wikimedia
LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

The Laurel Police Department has issued the following statement regarding social media posts about clown sightings in Laurel. 

The Laurel Police Department has received calls that indicate that persons unknown are appearing in public areas wearing clown costumes and that they are possibly driving a black van.

These types of complaints have been appearing all over the United States with many of the reports being proven as hoaxes.

It also appears that these reports are exacerbated by social media posts.

As with any suspicious activity, LPD request that we be notified immediately so that the legality of the activity can be determined.

As always, officers with LPD are conducting regular checks on public areas to ensure the safety of our citizens.

LPD would also like to point out that false reporting to law enforcement agencies ties up resources that could be focused on real issues and person engaging in that activity can be criminally charged.

Any persons with information about this or any other case are encouraged to call LPD at 601-399-4440 or Crime Stoppers at 601-428-STOP.  

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