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Ronald McDonald is the most tragic victim of the UK's killer clown craze

Emma Haslett
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The so-called killer clown epidemic has claimed its latest victim: Ronald McDonald.

McDonald's may be creating jobs - but its red-haired mascot is "keeping a low profile" after reports of pranksters dressed as clowns and wielding weapons around the UK increased.

ITV reported that McDonald's had said it was "being thoughtful in respect to Ronald McDonald's participation in community events" because of the "current climate around clown sightings in communities".

McDonalds' alarming reaction comes the day after a teenager was arrested following reports of a person dressed as a clown brandishing a chainsaw on the campus of Brunel University.

That's after several sightings of people dressed as clowns clutching machetes, knives and other weapons across the country.

The craze has come to the UK from the US, where "killer clowns" have appeared in several cities. Although it's worth pointing out no one has actually been killed, or even hurt a little bit, by the clowns.

A spokesperson for McDonald's UK said: “There are no planned activities with Ronald in the UK".

Twitter users were pretty appalled by the news of Ronald McDonald's victimisation.

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Although some were glad to see the back of him.

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