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TikTok swing challenge: Ely and Tredegar teens rescued from baby swings

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Image caption A number of fire services have reported swing rescues recently

A TikTok challenge is thought to be behind a number of rescues of teenagers trapped in baby swings.

Firefighters up and down the UK have been called to free youngsters who have attempted to film themselves using children's swings before getting stuck.

Girls have been freed in two separate incidents in Rhyl and Mold, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said, who also had to deal with a case in Dolgellau.

In south Wales, crews were called out this week to Cardiff and Blaenau Gwent.

South Wales Fire and Rescue service tweeted: "If you are over the age of four, please don't try and get in one!"

It said calls like these, in Ely in Cardiff and Tredegar in Blaenau Gwent, prevented crews from attending other emergencies.

Earlier in July, a video of a 14-year-old girl from Oxfordshire being rescued from a swing by fire crews made headlines around the world.

Layani Mclean was in a local park in Faringdon when she got stuck after climbing into a baby swing.

Firefighters managed to release her after she had been stuck for 90 minutes.

Another swing incident has been reported in Bedfordshire earlier this week.

A 14-year-old boy got stuck in Wigmore Park in Luton on Sunday for half an hour before a Bedfordshire Fire Service crew rescued him uninjured.

Image caption Baby swings are designed for young children, firefighters have reminded teenagers

They said: "Please remind your teenagers they are called 'baby' swings for a reason!"

Greater Manchester Fire Service also asked people not to "waste their time" after receiving three calls over "copycat" incidents.

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