'No evidence' to link schoolgirl killer to South Yorkshire clown attack, confirms top cop

A Senior Investigating Officer has said there is 'no evidence' to link Leonne Weeks' killer to a South Yorkshire clown attack, but confirmed police have investigated a connection between the two incidents.

Speaking outside Sheffield Crown Court today, DCI Martin Tate, said police had investigated a link between a Dinnington clown attack and Leonne's murder, but said there was 'no evidence' to connect the two crimes

The incident took place in Lorderns Hill, Dinnington on October 4, 2016, when someone dressed as a clown threw a log at Owen Russell, then aged 17, who was left with a head wound that required stitches.

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Following Leonne’s murder, questions over whether her murder and the clown attack were linked were raised in the local community.

DCI Tate added that, as is standard with the conviction of any murderer, the force would now review unsolved violent crimes carried out in the Dinnington area to see whether Heeley could possibly be linked to them.

His defence barrister, Alan Kent, QC told the court how after the teenager was charged with Leonne's murder, Heeley had confessed to six other murders - including one committed before he was born and to another murder in Essex.