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Sunday 21 July 2019
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Clown decorations "scare" children

Hospital chiefs have been told to avoid decorating children's wards with images of clowns as they are more likely to frighten young patients than cheer them up.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield questioned more than 250 children aged between four and 16, and found that all of them disliked clowns as part of hospital decor.

And the study, which was published in Nursing Standard magazine, found that even the oldest children said that such images were scary.