Saturday 16 December 2017

Woman who claimed security guard in Primark removed baby from her breast is charged by police


Cormac Fitzgerald

An English woman who claimed that a security guard removed her baby from her breast as she fed it was charged today with perverting the course of justice.

Two weeks ago, Caroline Starmer (28) alleged that a security guard in Primark, Leicester, assaulted her while stopping her from breastfeeding inside the store.

The mother of four alleged that she was breastfeeding her child in a quiet area when the security guard took her baby from her.

Leicestershire police today issued a statement that Ms Starmer had been charged in relation to the incident:

"A 28-year-old woman has been summoned to appear at court charged with intent to pervert the course of public justice.

"It follows an allegation made in which a woman claimed that while in a store in Humberstone Gate, Leicester, on Monday 13 July, she was assaulted by a security guard."

Read more: Primark deny security guard 'physically removed' baby daughter from mother as she breastfed  

In a statement, Primark, which trades as Penneys in Ireland, said that they were aware of the arrest and had cooperated with police since the incident was reported. They also said that breastfeeding mothers were always welcome in their stores:

"We are pleased to have the opportunity however to confirm that Primark will continue to work hard to ensure that all of our customers have a comfortable and enjoyable experience in our stores.

"This of course includes breastfeeding mothers, who remain welcome, as ever, at Primark.”

Ms Starmer is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday 24 August.

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