Asda child abduction text message hoax - the full story

SUPERMARKET chain Asda has quashed rumours of a child abduction at its Huddersfield store as“absolute nonsense.”

SUPERMARKET chain Asda has quashed rumours of a child abduction at its Huddersfield store as“absolute nonsense.”

Thousands of texts have been sent to mobile phone users across the town this week claiming a three-year-old girl was snatched inside the Bradford Road store.

The text claims the store locked its doors while a search was carried out and the youngster was found minutes later in a toilet with two Romanian women.

One woman is alleged to have been shaving the girl’s head while the other dressed her in boys’ clothing.

An employee is supposed to have sent the text after seeing the incident unfold.

Today Asda confirmed the rumours were part of a nationwide hoax.

A spokeswoman said the story had been circulating for years but was completely untrue.

She said: “There have been reports in a variety of places from text messages to internet sites recently about children being abducted from our stores.

“The stories normally suggest that a small child has been taken from their family while shopping.

“The child is then allegedly taken into the customer toilets where their head is shaved and then the child is abducted.

“We just want to confirm and reassure all our customers that this is absolutely not true.

“This urban myth has circulated for over 10 years and sometimes rears its head. It’s as untrue today as it’s ever been.”

The urban myth has caused panic over the years in other various parts of the UK including Plymouth, Telford and North Wales and Manchester.

The message in full: "Dear All. This is a very serious message that I hope you can pass on to as many people as you can.

“Last night at the big ASDA in Bradley a three-year-old girl went missing. Fortunately their policy when something like this happens is to lock the doors.

“The little girl was found in the toilets with two Romanian women, one shaving her head and the other dressing her in boys’ clothes. This comes from an employee who was there last night. Please pass the message round to as many as you can and remain extra vigilant with your own children.”

 

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