Police Are Worried Over New Snapchat Trend Where People Hang Off Bridges
Planking was a fad that swept across the world and anyone desperate for a few likes on social media would do it anywhere. Thankfully, it's a trend that is well and truly gone, but that doesn't mean that people don't try to invent new things to cause a chuckle.
There is, indeed, a new fad, but it doesn't seem like anyone's laughing.
Officers tonight have attended several incidents of people hanging off motorway bridges. Those spoken to claim it's a Snapchat challenge to post pictures leaning over bridges. How irresponsible can you get. Please help nip this in the bud and RT- Inspector Jim Jones (@InsJimJones) February 19, 2018
Inspector Jim Jones wrote on Twitter last night that officers attached to Greater Manchester were called out to several incidents involving people on motorways. But this isn't a mental health or self-harm issue, it's a new Snapchat 'challenge'.
Apparently, you're supposed to lean over a bridge and take a snap of the trick or get a mate to help you out. Suffice to say: this is pretty dumb. It's up there with the people who scale massive buildings or construction sites, you're taking a massive risk and you have to accept the repercussions.
Deary me.. :arrow_right:social media gone wrong :warning::warning::x::x: pls have a word :mega::loud_sound:with your children :dancer: and teens, and tell them this is an accident waiting to happen and help spread the warning by RT'ING. Let's try and prevent the unthinkable. IT'S NOT COOL :no_entry_sign:☠:x::end:it's dangerous. #STOP https://t.co/Am1gSFMtTx- Pc Rachel [email protected] (@WYP_RachStorey) February 19, 2018
If that was my kid (sorry to say this ) but they'd get a right slap once safe and sound- :lips::wine_glass:Debbie:wine_glass::lips: (@DeborahFletch18) February 19, 2018
Can't believe someone came up with it let alone people are actually doing it pic.twitter.com/ZZVQTGWoiG- Pc Rachel [email protected] (@WYP_RachStorey) February 19, 2018
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One person wrote: "Absolutely shocking. Why are the parents letting their kids do this for shits and giggles, and if it's not the kids then why are 18+yr olds doing this? Social media has taken over."
Another added: "Just what police need when real crimes are being committed how on earth are they supposed to do their job."
The craze has developed to the point where Bury Police has issued a statement, urging parents to step in and tell their kids to stay away from motorway bridges.
"There have been recent reports of youths climbing over bridges to take photos of vehicles passing below - following Snapchat/Facebook requests," the message read.
"These places are very dangerous places and people are putting themselves in danger."
There were three separate incidents reported to police in less than 90 minutes of each other, happening on the M66 and M60. Thankfully, no one has been injured yet from this fad but it only takes a tiny mistake for the challenge to be fatal.
If you don't believe me, then look at all the injuries that resulted from planking. Sure, those who lied on the ground were fine, but the people who planked on moving cars, bridges and balconies didn't fare so well.
A 20-year-old bloke died in Queensland, Australia after he plunged from a seventh-floor balcony and is considered the first death from the craze.
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