Su­per­mar­ket’s ban on pupils was ‘last re­sort’

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS - By Aimi Red­fern news­[email protected]­p­o­stand­

HUN­DREDS of school­child­ren have been banned from a su­per­mar­ket af­ter some of them stole goods from the store.

Re­tail gi­ant Asda has im­posed the two-week ban at its Springfield Road store in Leek.

It started on Mon­day and af­fects chil­dren in years nine, 10 and 11 at Leek High School, which is across the road from Asda.

Now the school has taken ac­tion against the ‘few’ chil­dren at the cen­tre of the prob­lems in con­sul­ta­tion with Asda.

It is not yet known whether the ban will be lifted af­ter Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14.

An Asda spokesman said: “We work hard to be part of our lo­cal com­mu­nity and our col­leagues and cus­tomers de­serve to feel safe and com­fort­able when they visit us.

“We’ve worked hard with Leek High School in re­cent weeks to try to de­ter some of the anti-so­cial be­hav­iour we’ve been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing from some of the stu­dents. But un­for­tu­nately we’ve had to im­ple­ment this short-term ban as a last re­sort.”

The school was in­formed of the twoweek ban on Fri­day.

It does not af­fect pupils who at­tend The Mead­ows School on the same site.

Head­teacher Phill Evans said: “Due to re­cent in­ci­dents of theft by a very small mi­nor­ity of our stu­dents, Asda in­formed us that all Leek High stu­dents in years nine, 10 and 11 are banned from the store for a two-week pe­riod. This ban does not af­fect our sixth-form stu­dents.

“We are cur­rently work­ing closely with Asda to re­solve this sit­u­a­tion as soon as pos­si­ble based on the very pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships we’ve had with the store over many years.

“School sanc­tions have been put in place for the few in­di­vid­u­als con­cerned in agree­ment with the store man­age­ment.”

Leek High pupils in years nine, 10 and 11 are still able to visit the store if they are ac­com­pa­nied by an adult over the two-week pe­riod.

The Asda in Springfield Road opened in 2011.

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