Warning to Peterborough teenagers over baby swing TikTok challenge as fire crews have to rescue stuck youngsters

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service have put out a warning to youngsters not to try the TikTok Baby Swing Challenge - after a number of youngsters in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire had to be rescued from play equipment.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 2:07 pm

The social media challenge sees youngsters try and get into swings designed for toddlers - and unsurprisingly a number of red-faced teenagers have had to be rescued after becoming stuck as a result.

In the past 6 weeks, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service have been called to ten such incidents - and are now urging people not to take part in the challenge, as it could cost valuable seconds if they are called to a life threatening emergency.

A spokesman said: “In the last 6 weeks, we’ve been called to 10 incidents involving young people stuck in baby swings

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Crews have had to rescue a number of teenagers who have become stuck in swings
Crews have had to rescue a number of teenagers who have become stuck in swings

“We know it’s likely part of the latest TikTok craze, but please, have a word.

“It wastes our time & could put people who really need our help at risk.”

Incidents in Peterborough and the surrounding area include:

- On 9 March at 5.14pm, one crew from Dogsthorpe was called to assist a teenager who was trapped in a baby swing at Rocket Park on Welland Road in Dogsthorpe.

Firefighters used small gear release them from the swing, before returning to their station by 5.44pm.

- On 30 March a crew from Dogsthorpe was called to assist a teenager who had got stuck in a swing on Moulton Park, Dogsthorpe.

Firefighters used small tools to release them from the swing. They were called at 2.34pm and left the area shortly before 3pm.

- On 3 April at 7.46pm, a crew from Wisbech was called to assist a child out of a small children’s swing at a park near Park Avenue.

Crews assisted the child out of the swing without damaging the play equipment. The crew returned to their station by 8.15pm.

- On 11 April at 1.24pm a crew from Chatteris were called to assist a teenager who was trapped in a swing at a play park in Manea. Firefighters released the teenager before leaving the area at around 2pm.