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Mum finds 'blade' in Sainsbury's Lego card pack

Kirsty Thorne says she was shocked to discover the sharp object in an unopened packet

Sainsbury has launched an investigation after a mum claimed her son found a blade inside a pack of Lego cards.

Thorne “had hoped to treat her sons by buying them a couple of Lego book albums and card packs while on her visit to her local Sainsbury's in Ashurst, Kent”, reports the BBC.

Thorne bought the album, which contained two free packets containing eight cards in total.

But when her children returned home from school, “they opened one of the packets and found the blade”, says the Kent Messenger.

“It didn't look like it had been tampered with so when I got home I just put the card packs on the table,” she told the BBC.

“They were all playing at the table going through the cards and that's when my son brought it to my attention. It looked like the blade had been placed in the pack before it was sealed. It was the perfect size to fit in that packet,” she continued.

“I checked the pack and you can see the blade had been sealed in it, the yellow tape on the outside of the blade is the same as that inside the packaging.”

Thorne was relieved her children had escaped without injury.

“My youngest had been opening the packs in his mouth,” she explained.

The mother took to social media to warn others about the incident. Thorne posted: “You shouldn't have to check a pack of children's cards for blades.

“Fortunately no one was cut, otherwise this would have been a completely different story.”

The Lego cards “have become very popular on the playground in recent weeks with tens of thousands of schoolchildren swapping them regularly”, says The Sun.

The £2.50 Lego card album “was the supermarket's most popular toy of 2017 and until next week shoppers receive a free pack of cards for every £10 spent, or they can be purchased for 50p at the till”, adds the paper.

A Sainsbury's spokesperson said, "We are aware of an issue with a pack of Lego cards. This appears to be an isolated and unusual incident which we are investigating with our supplier.”

The Sainsbury's supermarket where Thorne bought the cards has given her £10 as a goodwill gesture.

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