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

Published 28/07/2015

Caroline Starmer alleged that she was breastfeeding her child in a quiet area of Primark when the security guard took her baby from her
Caroline Starmer alleged that she was breastfeeding her child in a quiet area of Primark when the security guard took her baby from her

Caroline Starmer, an English woman who claimed that a security guard removed her baby from her breast as she fed it, was charged on Tuesday with perverting the course of justice.

Ms 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."

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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