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

Grace Walker Credit: 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.

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.

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