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Detectives continue to investigate attempted child abduction by 'killer clown' in Deighton

Police to speak again to victims and witnesses

Simon Morley
Newton family of Dalton terrified by a clown incident, left to right, Shannique, Jahzier, Shannise, De-Mani, Leashaun, Destini and mother Leah.

Detectives are continuing to investigate allegations of attempted child abduction by a ‘killer clown.’

Leah Newton told police how a knife-wielding clown tried to snatch her three-month-old baby as she left The Top Club in Deighton on Friday night.

She said the abduction was only thwarted because the child’s car seat remained stuck fast.

Now detectives in Huddersfield are trying to further establish the exact circumstances of what happened and have urged a taxi driver who may have seen what happened to come forward.

Chief Inspector Jon Dunkerley of Kirklees District Police, said: “Our enquiries into what happened remain ongoing and we are treating it very seriously.

“Witnesses reported seeing three youths laughing with a mask close to the scene on Bradley Boulevard and we would encourage anyone who saw those concerned to come forward.

“We are also particularly interested in speaking to the driver of a taxi who was in the area at the time and may have also seen what happened

“Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police.”

Leah, 32, says she was confronted by a man wearing a clown’s mask as she left a birthday party at the club in Brackenhall Road at around 11pm.

She has six children, 12-year-old daughters Shannique and Shannise, 10-year-old Leashaun, eight-year-old son Demani, two-year-old son Jahzier and three-month-old daughter Destini.

She had put Shannise, Jahzier and Destini in her car, a Vauxhall Zafira, and was coming back out with the other three when she spotted the clown coming towards her brandishing a knife.

Terrified, she shouted at her children to lock the car door and ran back to the club to get help. She was so scared she fell down the steps, bruising herself.

She said at first people wouldn’t believe her and thought it was a prank.

There were another two figures also dressed as clowns and one jumped on her car bonnet.

Anyone with information is urged to call police via 101 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

In unrelated investigations, police would like to speak to the people pictured in the image gallery below. The people pictured in the images may be witnesses as well as suspects. If you recognise anyone, contact police on 101 quoting the reference number on the image caption.



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