Suspicious-looking bag in Worcester store was "part of the display"

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A CAUTIOUS shopper pointed out a bag he thought was "suspicious" while in a Worcester store to be told it was part of the display.

Iain Sinclair was shopping in Marks and Spencer, in the city centre, on Saturday, March 29, when he saw an "old-looking bag" had been left on the side next to some shirts with no one around the claim it.

He reported it thinking it could have been left by a customer or even part of some sort of terrorist activity that would set off a security risk in the likes of London and airports across the country.

"Better to say something than be sorry, so we are advised - but not in Marks and Spencer," he said.

"I was visiting Worcester last weekend and looking for a shirt. I was concerned about this bag [pictured], had someone just put it down? There was no one around, so as you do, I risked the embarrassment and pointed it out to be told - with a don’t be silly emphasis - 'That is part of our display. We want people to see things that go with the outfit'."

The manager informed Mr Sinclair that the store had been instructed by their headquarters to advertise and display the messenger bag, which was placed upside down and "strewn" on a table, next to the shirts that he had been looking to buy.

A spokesman for the store said the display would not normally look that way and it was clear a shopper had disturbed the shirts and possibly moved the bag and it had not yet been put back to normal by a member of staff during a check of the displays.

She said: “We’d like to thank Mr Sinclair for his vigilance. We incorporate accessories into our clothing displays to help customers visualise a complete look. ”

But what the shopper was concerned about was that official advice from anti-terrorism police after the 7/7 attacks in London, is to point out any suspect items, like luggage left unattended, to deter any possible attacks rather than ignore them.

"What is of concern is that there was no interest in the implications of my genuine mistake, nor any process for taking note of it," he said.

"So once we get used to these bags in odd places we will not notice the one that should not be there."

The Advice Centre on West Mercia Police's website states that although the county is not one generally at risk, counter terrorist policing was a priority.

It stated: "Funding, facilitation and radicalisation that may lead to terrorist acts can happen anywhere. A community that thinks 'It will never happen here' benefits only the criminal, the terrorist and the violent extremist alike.

"The terrorist threat is real and there is no room for complacency. We must all remain alert and aware of our surroundings at all times. Together we can fight terrorism and make our communities safer."

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3:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

CJH says...

How did this 'story' even get as far as the WN?
How did this 'story' even get as far as the WN? CJH
  • Score: 25

3:45pm Thu 10 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

How dare he insult my wife!
How dare he insult my wife! i-cycle
  • Score: 9

10:57pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Guy66 says...

I spotted an old sock on the bedroom floor the other day, that was extemely Suspicious!
I spotted an old sock on the bedroom floor the other day, that was extemely Suspicious! Guy66
  • Score: 10

11:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

CJH says...

i-cycle wrote:
How dare he insult my wife!
There's a Mrs i-cycle? :-)
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: How dare he insult my wife![/p][/quote]There's a Mrs i-cycle? :-) CJH
  • Score: 4

11:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

CJH says...

CJH wrote:
i-cycle wrote:
How dare he insult my wife!
There's a Mrs i-cycle? :-)
Have you got a tandem?
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: How dare he insult my wife![/p][/quote]There's a Mrs i-cycle? :-)[/p][/quote]Have you got a tandem? CJH
  • Score: 6

9:18am Fri 11 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

CJH wrote:
CJH wrote:
i-cycle wrote:
How dare he insult my wife!
There's a Mrs i-cycle? :-)
Have you got a tandem?
Yes wii-cycle.

No tandem needed. She happily manages 70 miles per day without my assistance.

She's also not called Daisy.

Do u-cycle?
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: How dare he insult my wife![/p][/quote]There's a Mrs i-cycle? :-)[/p][/quote]Have you got a tandem?[/p][/quote]Yes wii-cycle. No tandem needed. She happily manages 70 miles per day without my assistance. She's also not called Daisy. Do u-cycle? i-cycle
  • Score: 1

9:28am Fri 11 Apr 14

lizzyloolah says...

I think this story has a moral. Even if it makes you look or feel a bit silly, don't be put of saying something about something that makes you feel uneasy!
I think this story has a moral. Even if it makes you look or feel a bit silly, don't be put of saying something about something that makes you feel uneasy! lizzyloolah
  • Score: 6

9:34am Fri 11 Apr 14

DanMacc says...

This guy deserves a reward, he is a hero. He should be getting the £200,000 a week footballers earn. Close the borders, we already have enough immigrants. MP's should pay for their own second homes. Foreigners should pay to use the NHS. IT'S NOT LIKE IT WAS IN MY DAY, WE NEVER EVEN HAD TO LOCK OUR DOORS!!!! FOREIGNERS!!!!!!!!!!
!!
This guy deserves a reward, he is a hero. He should be getting the £200,000 a week footballers earn. Close the borders, we already have enough immigrants. MP's should pay for their own second homes. Foreigners should pay to use the NHS. IT'S NOT LIKE IT WAS IN MY DAY, WE NEVER EVEN HAD TO LOCK OUR DOORS!!!! FOREIGNERS!!!!!!!!!! !! DanMacc
  • Score: 1

9:49am Fri 11 Apr 14

CJH says...

i-cycle wrote:
CJH wrote:
CJH wrote:
i-cycle wrote:
How dare he insult my wife!
There's a Mrs i-cycle? :-)
Have you got a tandem?
Yes wii-cycle.

No tandem needed. She happily manages 70 miles per day without my assistance.

She's also not called Daisy.

Do u-cycle?
No I do not cycle. I am not built for balancing! 70 miles a day??? That means by the end of the week she's nearly 500 miles away! (Old joke, but a good one!) :-) Well done Mrs i-cycle.
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: How dare he insult my wife![/p][/quote]There's a Mrs i-cycle? :-)[/p][/quote]Have you got a tandem?[/p][/quote]Yes wii-cycle. No tandem needed. She happily manages 70 miles per day without my assistance. She's also not called Daisy. Do u-cycle?[/p][/quote]No I do not cycle. I am not built for balancing! 70 miles a day??? That means by the end of the week she's nearly 500 miles away! (Old joke, but a good one!) :-) Well done Mrs i-cycle. CJH
  • Score: 2

12:16pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

Well this person was right to take some action on his concerns. Having been in a business open to the public through the Birmingham Bombing days we had to check our toilets regularly even looking inside the cisterns, looking behind all unlockable doors checking under seats, and reacting to unattended bags, be aware of new faces through the doors etc.
We had one such scare when an unattended duffle bag was seen under some seating and when asked no one claimed it , I had to quietly get my family out of the flat upstairs, get all the staff and the customers safely onto the car park, and was about to call the police when a regular customer who was a lovely gentle Irishman realised what was going on and insisted that he would examine the bag, since he was devastated that we and his friends should be affected by terrorist actions such as the Birmingham bombing.
As he was about to examine this bag a regular customer returned to claim this holdall which containd his football kit and he had forgotton to take with him.
So to those who think people over react you should have lived through / been affected by those days when we had to be searched before entering entertainment venues ect.
And still with all the constant public announcements at the Airports we still see the brain dead who leave their luggage unattended don't we.
Sadly we will see more tradegies, and we must remain alert.
Well this person was right to take some action on his concerns. Having been in a business open to the public through the Birmingham Bombing days we had to check our toilets regularly even looking inside the cisterns, looking behind all unlockable doors checking under seats, and reacting to unattended bags, be aware of new faces through the doors etc. We had one such scare when an unattended duffle bag was seen under some seating and when asked no one claimed it , I had to quietly get my family out of the flat upstairs, get all the staff and the customers safely onto the car park, and was about to call the police when a regular customer who was a lovely gentle Irishman realised what was going on and insisted that he would examine the bag, since he was devastated that we and his friends should be affected by terrorist actions such as the Birmingham bombing. As he was about to examine this bag a regular customer returned to claim this holdall which containd his football kit and he had forgotton to take with him. So to those who think people over react you should have lived through / been affected by those days when we had to be searched before entering entertainment venues ect. And still with all the constant public announcements at the Airports we still see the brain dead who leave their luggage unattended don't we. Sadly we will see more tradegies, and we must remain alert. Jabbadad
  • Score: 2

6:13pm Fri 11 Apr 14

liketoknow says...

the moral of this story is, it's better to be shown up than blown up!
the moral of this story is, it's better to be shown up than blown up! liketoknow
  • Score: 4

1:34pm Wed 16 Apr 14

MJI says...

i-cycle wrote:
How dare he insult my wife!
Where?
[quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: How dare he insult my wife![/p][/quote]Where? MJI
  • Score: 1

2:40pm Wed 16 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

MJI wrote:
i-cycle wrote:
How dare he insult my wife!
Where?
Suspicious-looking bag in Worcester store was "part of the display"
[quote][p][bold]MJI[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]i-cycle[/bold] wrote: How dare he insult my wife![/p][/quote]Where?[/p][/quote]Suspicious-looking bag in Worcester store was "part of the display" i-cycle
  • Score: 4

7:55pm Wed 16 Apr 14

MJI says...

aghhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!
aghhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! MJI
  • Score: 1

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