Nasty sur­prise in Jas­min’s new bag

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

A FAM­ILY is left with a Chi­nese puz­zle af­ter find­ing a bladed tool in­side a sports bag im­ported from the Far East.

Mum Linda Lan­gridge is hor­ri­fied be­cause her seven-year-old daugh­ter Jas­min could have been slashed by the sharp clip­pers as she dipped her hand into the brand new bag.

But she is also mys­ti­fied be­cause the cut­ting tool may have trav­elled in­side the bag un­de­tected thou­sands of miles from the man­u­fac­tur­ers in China.

Miss Lan­gridge, 40, of Kings­ford Street, Mer­sham, said: “Af­ter we bought the bag and went home Jas­min opened it, put her hand in­side and felt the clip­pers.

“Thank­fully she only touched the blunt part oth­er­wise she could have been badly in­jured.

“But it makes me won­der how it could have been brought over such a long dis­tance without it ever be­ing de­tected.”

The 11cm clip­pers, with 4cm blades, were in a pink Di­adora school­girl’s sports bag bought from Sports Di­rect in Ash­ford High Street.

Dropped

The tool, with what look like Chi­nese char­ac­ters on it, ap­pears to be a seam­stress’ clip­pers used for snip­ping cot­ton.

Miss Lan­gridge be­lieves it could have been ac­ci­den­tally dropped into the bag at the Chi­nese fac­tory the bag was made in.

She went back to Sports Di­rect at Ash­ford to tell the shop what has hap­pened and filled in a com­plaint form, which is ex­pected to be passed to dis­trib­u­tors else­where in the UK.

We made con­tact with Sports Di­rect at Ash­ford to try to solve the puz­zle and were re­ferred to the com­pany’s head of­fice in Mans­field, Not­ting­hamshire.

No­body there was avail­able for com­ment by the time we went to press.

The sewing clip­pers found in­side the sports bag

Pic­ture: Gary Browne

Linda Lan­gridge and her daugh­ter Jas­min who found a pair of sewing clip­pers in­side a new bag

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