Girl runs up £900 bill in a 'My Little Pony' game on her mother's iPad

Grace Walker Photo: ITV Granada

A Cheshire mother is warning parents about the dangers of free download games after her six year old daughter ran up a £900 bill on her iPad - without even needing her iTunes password.

Grace Walker from Northwich begged her mum to let her have the My Little Pony game when she was feeling poorly.

Catherine Walker downloaded the game for her daughter to cheer her up but it wasn't long before they were both left in tears.

The My Little Pony game Credit: ITV Granada

Little Grace was able to click and buy "virtual gems" to boost her performance in the game at £69.99 a time - running up a bill of over £900 in just thirty minutes.

The gems are defined as "in app purchases" by the technology makers and do not necessarily require players to enter an iTunes password.

"I did start crying because I thought I am just never going to see this money again," said Catherine after seeing the bill.

"If it wasn't for our overdraft we'd have defaulted on our mortgage and other bills as well. We wouldn't have been able to eat or anything.

"I thought she would be safe to play. I didn't realise that that this could happen and I just think it's not a very good system - it's not fair on the parent and it's not fair on the child and it's taking advantage.

"I didn't know in app applications existed. Especially within free games with them saying they are free you would expect them to be free."

"She could definitely have spent a fortune."

– Catherine Walker
Grace Walker playing with her 'My Little pony' dolls Credit: ITV Granada

Catherine complained and several phone calls and emails iTunes agreed to refund the money.

Apple refused to comment on this particular case but has advised Catherine and other users of their products that they can turn off "in app purchases" by changing the settings of their devices.

Click here for information on how to switch off in-app purchases