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Blade found in Primark baby shoes bought in Chatham

Primark shoes and knife blade
The blade was discovered inside the right shoe

Discount clothes store Primark has apologised and started an investigation after an inch-long (2.5cm) knife blade was found in a new pair of baby shoes.

Steven Varley, of Folkestone, Kent, discovered the blade wedged in shoes he bought for his four-day-old son, Oscar, when he removed the paper packaging.

He said the consequences could have been horrendous.

The shoes were bought from a store in Chatham. Primark said it was extremely concerned and was taking urgent action.

'Razor blade'

Mr Varley said: "I took the piece of paper out of the first one, and it easily came out. The second bit, it wouldn't come out, so I had to stick my finger in. I stuck my finger in and it's like 'ouch'.

"I thought it was a lace I then pulled on the piece of paper and inside the shoe was this razor-sharp blade.

Steve Varley with son Oscar and partner
Steve Varley bought the shoes for his son, four-day-old Oscar

"It's horrendous."

A spokesman for Primark said: "Primark is investigating this issue and is extremely concerned to hear this news and the company is taking urgent action to investigate this issue.

"The company cannot comment in detail on this complaint until its inquiries are complete, but the company apologises to the customer for any distress this must have caused.

"Primark will of course keep the customer informed about the progress and outcome of its inquiries."

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