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Knife found inside Maryport toddler’s Christmas present

A MARYPORT mum was shocked to discover a knife wrapped inside a Christmas present for her two-year-old son.

Kelly McCarron, 25, of Moorside Drive, found a makeshift Stanley-type knife in the packaging of a toy truck from Poundstretcher.

The present was bought for her son Junior Muskett by her father’s partner Lynne Wild, 42, of The Green, Little Broughton, who got the gift from Poundstretcher in Finkle Street, Workington.

Junior opened the wrapping but Mrs McCarron’s sister Debi then opened the inside packaging and found the knife concealed at the bottom.

Mrs McCarron said: “It was horrible. We all just sat there in shock.

“It scared the life out of me. I have never seen anything like it before.”

The seemingly home-made knife consisted of a blade attached with tape to a piece of cardboard.

Mrs McCarron added: “I don’t understand why such a big store is using tools like that and how it managed to get into the box undetected and into a child’s home.”

Ms Wild was shocked to hear of the discovery.

She said: “I felt guilty buying it. Think what could have happened. Children’s safety is paramount.”

She took the packaging and knife back to the store on December 28 and spoke to the manager.

She said: “He was genuinely stunned and agreed that it was terrible.”

He offered to refund her money but she refused and the manager said he would inform the company’s head office.

Ms Wild said she wanted an explanation and a guarantee that it would not happen to anyone else.

A spokeswoman for Poundstretcher said strict quality control procedures were in place.

She added: “This matter is being investigated internally, along with the toy manufacturer and supplier, and we will be reviewing our packaging processes immediately to avoid any similar future occurrences and to find out how exactly this breach occurred.

“We apologise for any distress caused.”

She added that a letter would be sent to Ms Wild.

Have your say

Well Im sure as hell I would have done the same thing! Its discusting to think what could of happened. Think some of ypu who have commented need to grow up. Making fun of the childs names? And just because the toy was purchased frm a 'cheap' shop that justifies it does it? Not everyone can afford to buy expensive gifts and some of my childrens fave toys have come from Poundland.
By excepting a refund its like your happy to let the matter go and I for one would want an explaination.

Posted by Sim on 29 January 2013 at 21:47

Shocking tbh two year old child opening a toy with a blade in it dosent matter if the toy was a pound or twenty pound surely saftey is more important isnt it ?? I dont think the parents are over reacting at all .

Posted by michelle on 29 January 2013 at 21:46

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