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A teenager who dressed as a clown was sentenced to prison for threatening a pregnant woman

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A teenager who dressed as a clown and threatened a pregnant woman with an axe was sentenced to six months in prison.

Michael March, 18, is believed to be the first person arrested in the U.K. after growing numbers of people dressed as clowns to harass and prank innocent victims. 

He banged an axe on the ground to scare a couple walking past him in South Shields last year.

Brandishing an axe and threatening people in the street is serious, whatever the context.
Judge Hamie Hill

A pregnant woman reportedly told police March had chased her with an axe. Police later found an axe and a clown mask in his backpack.

"I'm sorry. I was not going to hurt her," March told police. 

While the popularity of pranks involving scary clown masks has declined in recent months, it ran rampant across the Western world for months. 

A teenager who dressed as a clown was sentenced to prison for threatening a pregnant woman

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