I was tackled to ground by security guard & dragged along shop floor when I accidentally popped £1 paracetamol in pram
A NEW mum has been left terrified of going shopping after she was tackled by a security guard and wrongly accused of shoplifting.
Abbie Murray, 26, had been shopping at the Range store, in Bury, Greater Manchester, with her five-month-old baby and stepson when she was reportedly assaulted by a member of staff.
The mum-of-one has been left traumatised by the incident, which has been reported to Greater Manchester Police.
Abbie, from Radcliffe, claims that she was dragged backwards by a security guard at the store after accidentally putting packs of paracetamol on top of her pram.
She was allegedly grabbed from behind by the guard, who accused her of spitting in his face, and dragged away from her two young children.
Speaking to The Sun she said: “I had just bought £25 worth of Christmas bits from the store, I just had a moment where I didn’t realise I put the packs on top of the pram.
“If I was going to steal anything it wouldn’t be £1 packs of paracetamol. It’s been quite traumatising for both me and my children.
“My stepson was quite upset when we got home, I think the shock of it had only just settled in for him.
“They accused me of shoplifting, but I didn’t try to hide the items at all. I let them see my receipts and my items and I apologised and gave them back. It was an honest mistake.
“I was then told that I was going to get a lifetime ban and they wanted my ID, but then the security guard accused me of spitting in his face.
“I categorically did not do that, and the police know that. He then physically grabbed me from behind and dragged me to the floor backwards.
“I was in complete hysterics and he was dragging me away from my kids so obviously I was screaming that I can’t leave my baby.
“He just kept saying that he didn’t care and carried on dragging me until two other security guards broke it up.
“I am absolutely disgusted and to be treated like an animal after a genuine mistake over £1 paracetamol is absolutely vile.
Abbie claims that the homeware giant offered her a free lunch after the incident, but she has escalated matters to the police.
'GOBSMACKED AND TERRIFIED'
She added: “I have spoken to the police who have CCTV of the incident and they’re investigating what happened.
“The security guard is being investigated, but it’s just been a horrific experience for me from something that was a simple mistake.
“I have scratches and a pulled muscle in my neck and back from the way I was dragged across the floor.
“I was just absolutely gobsmacked that something like this could happen. The Range have offered me a free lunch but not actually apologised at all.
“I’ve worked in retail myself, I’m on maternity at the moment but I’ve just never experienced anything like this at all.
“After it happened I’m anxious to go out, I feel paranoid that everyone is watching me and I’ll be accused again for doing nothing wrong.”
A spokesman for the Range said: “Following an incident in our Bury store on Saturday 27th November a customer was stopped by our store detectives, the safety of our customers and staff is of paramount importance, especially during this challenging time.
“The matter is being investigated internally and has been reported to the Police, we will work with them to provide any further information that they require”
The Sun has contacted GMP for a comment.