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UK man arrested after 11-year-old dies from TikTok challenge during sleepover at friend’s home, police say

Police say a man has been arrested in connection with the death of an 11-year-old boy at a sleepover party after his family said he was taking part in a dangerous TikTok challenge.

Tommy Lee Gracie Billington inhaled a toxic substance, lost consciousness and was taken to hospital where she died in March.

“I don’t understand why anyone would want to do something like this. It’s very dangerous.”

Three months later, Lancashire Police announced the arrest of a 25-year-old man from Lancaster on a number of charges.

Billington is believed to have died as a result of taking part in a TikTok challenge called “chroming,” which involves children inhaling toxic chemicals that give them a high similar to that of intoxication. The chemicals used include solvents, aerosols, paints and cleaning products.

The boy officially died of cardiac arrest.

The boy’s grandmother, Tina Barnes Disclosed information He spoke to the media about his death.

“He was a kind-hearted man, just like his father was, and our family is completely devastated,” Ms Barnes said. “He died instantly after staying the night at a friend’s house.”

Hospital staff tried their best to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful, she said.

“Both families are completely devastated, but they all want the same thing,” Burns added. “They don’t want other kids following TikTok or being on social media.”

Barnes said she has also received messages from other parents who are grateful to have been made aware of the dangerous social media challenge.

“Talk to your kids about the consequences of this.”

The boy’s mother, Shelley, also posted a heartfelt message on Facebook, trying to raise awareness about the dangers of the TikTok challenge.

“I hate to talk about this but we need to raise awareness of what kids are up to these days,” she wrote. “I don’t understand why anyone would do this. It’s very dangerous.”

TikTok said it had removed posts encouraging croaking and other challenges from its platform.

“Tommy lost his life at a young age because he was staying over at a friend’s house and he was smoking this with his friend,” she continued. “Please tell your children the consequences of this. I have no idea why they would do something like this.”

In addition to the men who were arrested, a 35-year-old woman was also voluntarily interviewed on suspicion of possession with intent to sell.

The man was arrested on suspicion of child abuse, child neglect, drug possession with intent to distribute and money laundering, and has been released on bail pending an ongoing investigation.

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