Son’s sport shop ban spurs an­gry mum into ac­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 -

A MOTHER was ou­traged to dis­cover her son was for­bid­den from shop­ping in an Ash­ford sports shop be­cause of his age.

Deb­bie Havell from Ken­ning­ton said her 11-yearold son Josh was not al­lowed in SportsDirect.Com, High Street, with­out an adult, be­cause he is un­der 16

The com­pany has since agreed to take away the no­tice.

Mrs Havell said Josh, a pupil at Ken­ning­ton Ju­nior School, had been turned away from the store, part of the Sports World chain, while out with two friends on Satur­day.

“I went to speak to the store man­ager and they told me it was their pol­icy,” said Mrs Havell.

“I pushed them to tell me why they had that pol­icy and even­tu­ally they told me it was be­cause that age group has a high level of theft and trou­ble.”

The store opened in the for­mer Co-op premises last month.

A no­tice stat­ing that all un­der 16s must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult is clearly dis­played in the en­trance door to the shop.

Vince Smith, spokesman for SportsDirect.Com said: “It is not com­pany pol­icy and the no­tice will be re­scinded straight away.

“I will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing and the mem­ber of staff re­spon­si­ble will be dis­ci­plined.”

Deb­bie Havell with her son Josh

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