Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Officer has issued a warning over a Snapchat challenge in the UK, which has seen children hanging off the edge of bridges.

Police officers were called to bridges across Greater Manchester in recent days, after concerned motorists called to report kids hanging off the edge. It emerged the school children were trying to impress friends on Snapchat.

Police say it’s a Snapchat challenge to post pictures leaning over bridges, and have appealed to parents to help nip this trend in the bud.

While there haven’t been any reports of similar incidents here in Ireland, Mayo Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says it’s usually the case that any such challenges on social media don’t take long to spread to Ireland.

He’s appealing to parents of young teenagers to highlight this type of behaviour, which he says is “an accident waiting to happen”.

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