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Factory conditions 'illegal and morally reprehensible'

Southbay labels from the Vase Apparels factory were matched with shirts purchased from JD Williams outlets, Premier Man and Jacamo, in the UK.

In a statement N Brown Group, which owns JD Williams, told Exposure it was a “…caring, ethical company” which strongly believes anyone making its clothes has the right to a “fair wage and decent, safe working conditions.”

It said the conditions identified at Vase are “illegal and morally reprehensible” and added it was “shocked and disappointed” that some of their shirts had been sourced from the factory.

The company said it would work hard to improve conditions in Bangladesh and will never knowingly buy from factories which don’t meet their “…own high standards and those laid down by the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative).“

N Brown also said it had sacked its supplier Basic Shirts and fined its agent and would donate the money to a Rana Plaza victims’ fund.

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Workers 'forced to sign for non-existent safety training'

Workers are being coached by managers to lie to auditors when they inspect a factory and in secret filming evidence was seen that workers said they were forced to sign a register to record that they had completed non-existent safety training.

During one shift at Vase, a factory official asks workers to sign a register to record they had completed certain training courses.

But one worker is told this system is also being abused during undercover filming as the worker who signs has received no training.

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18 UK mosques 'agree to perform underage marriages'

Religious leaders appeared willing to agree to perform underage marriages at some mosques across the UK, an ITV Exposure investigation discovered.

Two undercover reporters called 56 mosques to ask whether they would perform the marriage of a 14-year-old girl.

Two-thirds of those contacted refused to perform the marriage but 18 of the respondents spoken to agreed.

UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:

Mosque condemns underage marriage

Abdul Kashem, a trustee of the Al Quba Mosque and Shahporan Islamic centre, in Manchester, condemned underage marriage.

His comments came after an ITV Exposure programme spoke to a man at the mosque claiming to be the Imam who said he would be willing to perform an Islamic marriage for a 14-year-old girl.

However Mr Kashem said the name mentioned in the report "doesn't belong to us".

He added: "It's an open office. It's a mosque. It's not something private and locked up. During the praying hours there are hundreds of people that come here. I don't know how old this guy is and it could be age differences and maybe making fun out of it."

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