Cleveland Police find 'no verifiable information' following social media posts about a new TikTok trend

Cleveland Police have not issued a warning on a new TikTok craze due to “no verifiable information” that it is happening in the region.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 8:07 am

The TikTok trend in question sees young people deliberately going missing for 48 hours to see how much attention they get.

Officers say that a social media post regarding the craze is being shared on local information pages however police have said there is “no verifiable information” that it is happening within the Cleveland area.

Police looking into the trend say that they are not able to find evidence of a craze of this nature taking place or being currently shared.

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Cleveland Police have said there is "no verifiable information" that youngsters in the region are taking part in a new TikTok trend. Photo: Getty Images.

Parents are being encouraged to be aware of what could be happening on social media, however, Cleveland Police are not issuing a warning to parents on the matter.

Members of the public have been told that all missing person appeals are graded on risk before being put into the public domain – with officers asking people to continue providing them with support and information when someone does go missing.

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: "The post shared by some local pages says parents are being warned about a craze on TikTok in which young people are deliberately going missing for 48 hours to see how much attention they get.

“There are some news articles from 2017 to suggest a potential Facebook trend at that time, however, it is not known to have taken place in Cleveland and there is no verifiable information to back this up in 2021.

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"We would always encourage parents to be aware of what could be happening on social media, however, police have not issued a warning to parents on this matter.

"We are not able to find evidence of a craze of this nature taking place or being currently shared.

"All missing persons appeals are graded on risk before being put into the public domain. Please continue to provide us with your support and information on missing people."

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