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Shopper cut by blade on trolley

Mark Chapman who was cut by a razor blade taped to a Tesco trolley

Mark Chapman who was cut by a razor blade taped to a Tesco trolley

A shopper’s hand was slashed open after a razor was deliberately taped to a supermarket trolley in Bury St Edmunds.

When Mark Chapman grabbed the trolley he thought he had snagged a splinter with his hand but was horrified to see a razor blade taped to the handle.

Police are checking CCTV to see if it recorded who booby trapped the trolley Mr Chapman grabbed in front of the Tesco Superstore at St Saviour’s Interchange in Bury St Edmunds last Thursday.

Mr Chapman, from Thurston, says he is not blaming the store but wants people to know someone has done this so they can check trollies are safe.

“It makes me worry at this time of year with the number of people with children who will be using the stores,” he said.

Mr Chapman said: “There was blood pouring into my palm. A razor blade was taped to the handle with strong tape. It was obviously to cut somebody intentionally.”

The only reason his daughter was not put into the trolley was she had fallen asleep in the car, so she stayed there with her mum.

“I don’t know what she would have done before realising how much of an injury she had,” he said. “That worried me quite deeply.”

He said Tesco’s customer service staff provided first aid and put him on the phone to someone who took details and called him afterwards to check how he was.

A police spokesman said: “We were contacted by the store. This is a serious incident which could have caused a lot of harm.”

He said they would be working with Tesco staff to investigate the matter, including checking CCTV.

He asked anyone who saw suspicious activity to call PCSO Helen Morgan at Bury Police Station on 101.

A Tesco spokeswoman said: “We were concerned to hear about this incident and are urgently investigating with the police.”

 

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