This was the week when a craze which started in the US came to west London. It was also the week when callous burglars struck in Shepherd’s Bush, and a bereaved mum asked for help on the anniversary of her son’s murder.

Here are some of the our most read stories this week.

Don't send for the clowns

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People dressed as clowns are terrifying the public

The dictionary defines a clown as “a comic entertainer”. But there was little to find amusing when the killer clown craze which started in America found itself Hillingdon this week.

Security at Brunel University said someone dressed as a clown and carrying what appeared to be a chainsaw was seen on its campus.

A teen was later arrested and bailed .

As fear rose during the week, getwestlondon asked police: “Is it illegal to wear a clown mask?

Cruel burglars steal money from 101-year-old

Wulfstan Street in Shepherd's Bush, where burglars tricked their way into the home of a 101-year-old woman and stole cash

Distraction burglars struck at the home of a 101-year-old woman in Shepherd’s Bush , tricking their way into her home, rummaging though her belongings and leaving with cash.

The crime horrified readers , with one kind-hearted mum from West Drayton starting a fundraising page for the elderly victim . Allison Sargent said: “I wanted to restore her faith in the human population.”

A sad anniversary

This week marked the first anniversary of the murder of Josh Hanson , who was stabbed in the neck at the RE Bar in Eastcote on October 11 2015 .

Police are still desperate to speak to Shane O’Brien, originally from Ladbroke Grove, who is now thought to be hiding in Dubai and possibly using an alias.

Josh’s mum said: “Every second, minute or hour of the day that passes is filled with the pain that we have still not had the justice for Josh that he so rightly deserves.”

WW2 'bomb' dug up

Police in Ealing discovered a WW2 bomb at a property in Cumberland Road

Workmen wisely down tools when they stumbled across a Second World War 'bomb' in West Acton.

They were digging for an extension at an address in Cumberland Road when they discovered the “projectile shell” on Wednesday (October 12).

Officers were deployed to the scene and contact was made with the Met’s explosives team, but the device was found to be empty and posed no threat to the public. Phew.

Letter of thanks to PC for helping mum through nightmare

A touching letter praising a police officer who helped a mum on the night her son fought for his life after being stabbed was published.

The heartfelt, hand-written letter was sent to Hounslow borough commander Raj Kohli by Mary Creed. She wrote: “My heart was in pieces as you can imagine, it was PC Stuart O’Hara who helped me get through that night. He took such care of me, I will never forget him.”