Teenager finds blade in Warehouse bagTwin-bladed cutter found in lining

30 January 2008

A mother spoke of her shock after her teenage daughter found a blade inside a new bag.

Janet Morgan, 41, of Glynneath, South Wales, bought daughter Anna, 13, the £12 canvas bag from the Warehouse store in Cardiff as a Christmas present.

Anna took the black bag to school, using it to carry her books, but only discovered the twin-bladed cutting implement earlier this month. She had felt something inside the bag, and cut open the lining to retrieve the item, which has 1.5-inch blades and a three-inch handle.

'Like a knife'

Ms Morgan, a mother-of-three, said: 'I was just thinking about what could have happened. My nephew is only 18 months and has just started walking, so he could have fallen on it.

'In school, they shove and push each other, so it could easily have gone into someone's leg. And how would I have explained it if she'd taken it through security if we went on holiday?

'I tested it on a banana and it went through the skin like a hot knife through butter, it was so sharp.'

Warehouse apology

Trading standards officers are now investigating.

Warehouse has apologised to Anna and sent her £200 vouchers and a goody bag containing jewellery and accessories.

A spokeswoman told BBC News Online: 'At Warehouse we take the health and safety of our customers and staff very seriously and are therefore very shocked by this incident.

'We are currently talking with the supplier of this product to understand how this bag could have passed the strict quality assurance tests that every item goes through before it hits our stores.'

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