Cumbria police warn over dangers of neknominate craze
Published at 13:28, Monday, 27 January 2014
Police are warning about the dangers of new social media craze neknominate.
The drinking game, which started in Australia, has spread across the UK via social media.
It involves drinking a pint of alcohol in the most creative way possible, then uploading it to a Facebook page made specifically for the challenge and nominating a friend to do the same thing. The person who is nominated then has 24 hours to film themselves and carry on the chain.
Police say they have received numerous reports that the craze is becoming increasingly dangerous.
Chief Superintendent Steve Johnson said: “Whilst some may see it as a bit of fun, the consequences could be catastrophic.
"We are noticing that as the chain goes on as does the intensity of the situations people are putting themselves in.
"I’d ask that people act with responsibility and that they don’t put themselves in danger. I’d also ask that if you receive a nomination please do not feel influenced to partake in any activity through peer pressure."
While most of the pages set up for the challenge say they do not condone illegal behaviour, it has been reported that some people have filmed themselves drinking and driving and committing other illegal acts.
For crazy Carlisle examples, see tomorrow's News & Star
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A friend of mines husband did this at the weekend and he has two children, which he is setting a bad example to. He jumped off a bridge in his underwear. He could have done himself serious injuries.
When somebody does get hurt, seriously injured or dies from this "harmless fun" somebody not involved will have to sort out and the tax payers pay for the consequences.
This is not harmless fun it is stupidity fueled by the fact we have lost the ability to socialise in a responsable manner without the use of mobile phones and social media sites.
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