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North East fire services have condemned a social media craze that leaves teenagers trapped in swings.

Emergency services in the North East have responded to 14 occasions of people stuck in swings so far this year.

The challenge sees people, mainly teenagers, force themselves into toddler swings, ultimately becoming trapped and needing to contact emergency services for assistance.

Firefighters from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended ten incidents this year so far.

Crews responded to three each in Sunderland and North Tyneside, two in South Tyneside, and one each in Newcastle and Gateshead.

A person using the TikTok app

The fire service has said the incidents forced crews to respond on ten separate occasions where they could have been responding to an emergency incident.

A Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We would always discourage young people to take part in any activity where they could end up hurting themselves or others.

“The swings are designed for infants and toddlers so won’t support the frame of older children.

“These incidents are avoidable and means that on at least ten occasions this year our crews have had to attend episodes where they could’ve been responding to an emergency incident where people are in need of assistance.”

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service recorded four instances this year. The fire service urged people to “think twice” before taking part.

Glen Stewart, community safety manager from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said: “Our service have attended four instances of people getting trapped in swings since January 2021.

“Although this is not a lot, we would like to ask people to think twice before putting themselves into this predicament.

“Think of the injuries you could cause to yourself, the damage to the swings, and most of all the fact you are tying up our frontline resources which could be needed for a genuine emergency.”

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have yet to record any incidents of the social media trend this year. However, between January 2019 and the end of December 2020, the service responded to 14 incidents in total of people trapped in swings.





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