The teenagers warned the highway was ‘not a playground’ as they made a social media video

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Four teenagers had to be pulled from the side of a highway as they attempted to make a social media video.

The youngsters, whose age was not specified, were greeted with ‘stern words of wisdom’ during the Bank Holiday Monday incident.

Police and traffic wardens attended the scene of the M1 near Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

In a tweet, National Highways Yorkshire said: ‘If there’s one message we’d like to get across strongly today, it’s a #RoadSafety message.

“The highway is no place to make #TikTok videos. #TrafficOfficers & @syptweet took FOUR children safely away from our network with some stern words of wisdom. #NoPlayground.

A spokesperson for Highways England said the teenagers are believed to be making a video on social media, possibly for TikTok or Snapchat.

Russel Asquith, Regional Operations Team Leader, North East National Highways, said: “The last thing we want is tragedy because someone has decided to walk through or proximity to the motorway network.

“As well as being dangerous, it is illegal for any pedestrian to be on any part of the motorway network, including slip roads, roundabouts and of course the main carriageways.

“Incidents on the motorway network involving pedestrians who have no reason to be there in the first place are not only tragic but also cause distress to our officers and emergency services – and hours of delays for legitimate users of the motorway.”

South Yorkshire Police have been contacted for further details.

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