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Primark Security Guard 'removes Baby From Woman's Breast'

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Claims a Primark security guard removed a woman's baby while she was breastfeeding and ordered her to leave the store are being investigated by police.

Caroline Starmer said on Facebook the security guard at the Leicester store told her if she wanted her daughter "I was to come and get her".

She said it was a "horrific experience" which has left her confidence "shot".

Primark is investigating the incident alleged to have happened on Monday. Ms Starmer wrote on the breastfeeding campaign Free to Feed's page that she fed her nine-month-old daughter in "a quiet spot" in the shop after she started crying.

After five minutes, she said, the security guard approached her and asked her to leave.

'A right mess'

"I stood my ground and stated my rights, that I can legally feed where I want," she wrote.

"Just for the security officer to physically remove my daughter from my breast and walk down the store with her, saying if I wanted my daughter, then I was to come and get her."

In other posts she wrote she was in "complete shock" and she has been left "a right mess" by the incident.

Leicestershire Police said they have spoken to Ms Starmer and "arrangements are being made to take further statements in relation to the incident".

Primark said on Twitter it "welcomes" breastfeeding mothers in store and is investigating "as a matter of urgency".

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I cannot bear to set foot in Primark anymore. Have shopped their in the past. The hoardes of other customers in there agitate me and some of the staff aren't too bright...like the security guard in the OP's post.

Much prefer to shop at Debenhams & M&S - even if it means paying a bit more.

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I know someone whose 21 year old daughter was effectively detained for several hours by security guards in Primark for alleged shoplifting. She was too shy to assertively voice her rights and was kept in a small office where the security guards locked the door when they left the room, thereby detaining her. Insufficient evidence meant the police did not follow it up.

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