Young people in Northamptonshire are being warned about the dangers of a ‘sleeper’ game in which a child has their nose and mouth held shut until they black out.
A child was hospitalised this week after his nose and mouth was held shut by another youngster.
Fears have been expressed the ‘sleeper’ game is a craze that could be repeated by other children across the country.
Officers in North Manchester have issued a warning over the game - saying it is potentially fatal.
The force posted on their Facebook site after the incident: “Dangerous New Craze Warning - Attention all parents/guardians...We have received reports of a new craze called ‘Sleeper’ This involves children completely covering the mouth and noses of younger children until they completely pass out.
“This is extremely dangerous, a child is currently in hospital being treated after falling victim to this game. Please advise every child you know and warn them of the dangers, this could easily lead to concussion or even death.”