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Westfield 'killer clown' pranksters fined and told to carry out community service

Mortaza Muzafari and Mohammed Rashid were handed the punishment after carrying out their cruel joke in the centre's car park on October 17

The prank came at the height of the killer clown craze in October

Two men who played a "killer clown" prank on a terrified shopper in Shepherd’s Bush have been fined.

Mortaza Muzafari and Mohammed Rashid, both from Enfield, were also given community orders after they were caught scaring their victim in a car park at Westfield shopping centre on October 17.

Both men, aged 20 and 18 respectively, will have to carry out unpaid work as part of the sentence, and must each pay a total of £270 in fines, court costs and other fees.

The incident occurred during the height of the "killer clown" craze in the lead up to Halloween.

At the time officers said the incident happened in the early evening, and that the two men picked up were arrested for public order offences.

Officers said one of the men dressed as a clown and chased the victim, a 27-year-old woman, with a toy weapon , while the other suspect filmed the traumatic incident.

The victim was later said to be “terrified”.

Muzafari, from Snells Park, and Rashid, from Davey Close, were given their sentences at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court in November.

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