Hundreds of children call charity over killer clown fears

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Hundreds of children have been contacting a national charity following the recent killer clown craze.

As Halloween approaches there are fears the individuals dressing as clowns will intentionally threaten or harm passers-by, including children.

In the last three weeks Childline has been contacted 462 times by children afraid of creepy clowns – providing 84 clown-related counselling sessions on one day alone.

Nearly a third of counselling sessions on the subject of clowns were with children under the age of 11 - reaching 139 in total - and three quarters of those who got in touch over clown fears were girls.

If children want to speak to someone at Childline call 0800 1111 or go to chidline.org.uk.