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Friday, 03 July 2015

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Barrow man jumps into swimming pool for #neknomination stunt

A BARROW man jumped into the pool of the town's leisure centre fully clothed to drink a pint of beer as he took on the "neknominate" challenge which has spread across Cumbria.

The drinking trend, which originated in Australia, has gained popularity in the UK.

Neknominate involves a person downing a pint of alcohol in the most creative way they can, then uploading it to a Facebook page and nominating a friend to do so within 24 hours.

Iain Fordyce of Jarrow Street, Barrow, who carried out the stunt in the pool said: "I think the Neknomination craze is absolutely ridiculous but brilliant.

"The pool stunt we did could easily be painted as reckless but we did try and make sure we didn’t film anyone or offend anyone. There are much worse things happening in the town than 'nek nominations'."

Police have warned revellers in Cumbria about the potential "catastrophic dangers" of the 'Neknominate' drinking craze and have received numerous complaints from members of the public expressing concerns 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 act that if you receive a nomination please do not feel influenced to partake in any activity through peer pressure.”


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