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Warning over toy dangers; sharp blades found on fidget spinners.

Byline: Hannah Graham Reporter @HannahGraham21

SHARP-EDGED "fidget spinners" which could slice through skin are being offered for sale at pocket money prices.

A craze for the original gadget has swept playgrounds across the region, but some samples of the toys failed the most basic safety standards. They're marketed at children, and many are sold cheaply online and in small shops or car-boot sales.

The BBC's Watchdog programme, which aired on Wednesday night, investigated some of the fidget spinners being sold to children across the country.

Three fidget spinners bought on eBay were sharp enough to cut into an eye. All three were marketed as "toys" and described as "suitable for children".

Blades expert Sarah Hainsworth told the programme: 'We found that for all three of the spinners you can stab a tomato with very moderate force, so these could potentially cause a significant injury to the eye."

Professor Hainsworth also found two of the spinners were strong enough to stab through pork skin, meaning they could cut into human skin.

Weapons expert David Dyson said these "toys" could in fact be classed as throwing stars, which are counted as offensive weapons in the UK.

A spokesperson for Ebay thanked the BBC team for bringing the dangerous toys to their attention and said they'd been immediately removed.

And the danger doesn't just come from spinners which have an obvious blade.

One parent also told the programme he'd bought a safe-looking spinner online, but noticed a large shard of metal sticking out from the inside which could draw blood.

Trading standards officials advised parents to only buy toys from reputable sellers, and to look out for the "CE" mark on packaging, which shows they meet European standards.

Adults are also urged to examine any fidget spinner carefully before giving it to a child.

'Dangerous' fidget spinners bought from Ebay by the BBC

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 5, 2017
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