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7:00am 10th February 2014

Pirate FM has learnt an online drinking dare is spreading to underage children in Cornwall.

Neknomination has already seen a man leap 90 feet from the Wadebridge bypass - after downing a bottle of cider.

After you do a stunt you get to nominate a mate to do the same.

Police and health experts in the Duchy are warning lives are being put at risk.

A thirty-two year old has been treated in hospital after injuring his foot, jumping into the Camel. He has attached a camera to himself to film it happening.

But now Pirate FM has been told children as young as sixteen are being encouraged to do the dare, which has reportedly already claimed a life in London.

Georgina is from St Ives. She said: "I don't really want to do it. It's a bit ridiculous.

"Peer pressure I guess, it's everyone ganging up on everyone to do these kind of things, to make it funny. It's silly and unnecessary.

"I'm just going to down a pint of squash."

Jez Bayes speaks for Safer Cornwall. He said: "Just don't do it - and if you're one of the people who are tempted to pass it on, I'd ask what if you are the person who passes it onto a guy who jumps off a bridge. The next day his life has gone - and it's completely meaningless.

"Peer pressure in this kind of situation makes people feel as thought they've got to be macho and go along with what they are saying. Actually that is probably a weak thing to do. What they have to do is stand up to people who are, in effect, bullying them."

7:00am 10th February 2014

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