Found in a girl’s swim aid

Lit­tle Es­ther 5, es­capes se­ri­ous harm in pool

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

A hor­ri­fied mum says her daugh­ter is lucky not to have been stabbed to death when a huge pair of in­dus­trial scis­sors were found in­side her swim vest.

Lit­tle Es­ther Liv­ing­stone (5) was wear­ing the swim aid in a ho­tel pool when she com­plained that some­thing was ‘rub­bing against her’.

When mum Tracy of Dry­burgh Av­enue, Ruther­glen, fished Es­ther out of the pool she was shocked when a pair of cut­ters fell out of the sec­tion con­tain­ing the float aids.

“I couldn’t be­lieve my eyes,” said mum-of-two Tracy.

“I was truly shocked when this huge pair of cut­ters with re­ally sharp points landed on the floor at our feet.

“My first thought was that it was a mir­a­cle she hadn’t been pierced through the chest cav­ity – she re­ally could have died if the blades had cut her at all.”

The fam­ily had been hav­ing an overnight treat away at the Gled­doch Ho­tel in Lang­bank but the in­ci­dent spoiled their en­joy­ment.

“Our spe­cial night was ru­ined and Es­ther kept say­ing ‘will the naughty man who put them there get into trou­ble?’”

Tracy (42), be­lieves the scis­sors had been left in the vest dur­ing the pro­duc­tion process in China.

She bought the swim aid for Calder­wood Pri­mary pupil Es­ther from Home Bar­gains store in Ruther­glen Shop­ping Cen­tre.

“I phoned them next day and was told to bring the cut­ters and vest back to the store and I would get a re­fund,” added Tracy.

“I phoned again on Mon­day and was told the same thing.

“At no point did any­one from the com­pany of­fer an apol­ogy or in­quire how Es­ther was do­ing.”

But Tracy has not re­turned the items and has placed the is­sue in the hands of her so­lic­i­tor.

“They are go­ing to pur­sue the com­pany on the grounds of health and safety,” she added.

Tracy also says that South La­nark­shire Coun­cil trad­ing stan­dards of­fi­cers want to check out the vest to see what ac­tion, if any, needs to be taken.

She warned that peo­ple should be ex­tra vig­i­lant when buy­ing things from dis­count stores.

“Check things care­fully,” she said.

“It may be that they are cheap for a rea­son.”

Joe Mor­ris, oper­a­tions di­rec­tor at Home Bar­gains, said: “We’re cur­rently re­view­ing Ms Liv­ing­stone’s com­plaint and are tak­ing steps to find out how this in­ci­dent has oc­curred.

“As a fam­ily-owned and fam­i­lyrun re­tailer, we take all cus­tomer com­plaints per­son­ally and do our ut­most to deal with them pro­fes­sion­ally and promptly.”

Shirley Clel­land, head of Fleet and En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “Trad­ing Stan­dards re­ceived an in­quiry yesterday on this mat­ter and of­fi­cers will be lias­ing with Mrs Liv­ing­stone.”

They (so­lic­i­tors) are go­ing to pur­sue the com­pany on health and safety grounds

Cut adrift This pic­ture scis­sors shows the size of the in re­la­tion to the swim

vest

Scis­sor shock Lit­tle Es­ther Liv­ing­stone (5), had a lucky es­cape af­ter cut­ters were found in her swim vest

Cut­ting edge The in­side in­dus­trial scis­sors found

Es­ther’s swim vest

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