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Children's hoodies with banned neck cords seized at Warwickshire market

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Children's hoodies with banned neck cords that could strangle a young child have been seized from a market by trading standards officers.

Officers were shocked to find the potentially lethal hoodies on sale at a stall at Wellesbourne Market as pull-through neck cords in young children’s clothing have been banned since 1976.

It is illegal for any clothing designed for a child aged under seven or 134cm in height to have a neck cord.

The hoodies, which were being sold as a set with joggers for £15, were being sold in sizes aged three to six.

Warwickshire County Council trading standards officers were carrying out a safety inspection at the market when they found the dangerous hoodies.

All the dangerous clothing was seized and officers say that investigations are ongoing in to the origin of the products.

Images of the clothing have been issued and those who think have purchased one of the products, which were displaying a range of fake designer brand labels, are being told not to allow their children to wear them or remove the cord entirely before use.

Cllr Andy Crump, cabinet member for community safety at Shire Hall, said:

In Warwickshire, hospital admissions following an injury amongst 0-4 year olds are currently significantly higher than the national and regional averages.

I’m delighted therefore that our trading standards officers are taking this action to identify and remove dangerous products from shops, markets and from online sellers.

– Cllr Andy Crump
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Advice to anybody who has purchased one of these products is to not allow children to wear them or remove the cord entirely before use.