Aldi knife row as mum fumes at blade found hidden inside £16.99 kids doll box

A mum was horrified to find a knife inside packaging for a doll she was eyeing up in Aldi.

Haleemah Patel, 29, was doing her weekly shop in Blackburn, Lancashire when she made the 'shocking' discovery on Monday.

Spotting a £16.99 toy on the shelf which she thought her two-year-old daughter might like, Haleemah picked it up for closer inspection.

A Blonde Tiny Tears Classic Doll was not the only thing in its box as the mum soon found out it had been tampered with.

"I picked the toy up the outer packaging was damaged on one side. Looking at the toy my attention fell on a metal object. I was shocked and amazed to see a knife inside," she told LancsLive.

"I had to look twice to make sure it was a genuine knife. I couldn’t make sense why a knife would be part of a toy."

Haleemah says she informed a member of staff and said "you need to take this to your manager straight away".

She claims the staff member took the item and she did not see him again during her shop.

Haleemah said it was "sad if someone’s put that inside deliberately and could have gone home to a small child".

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"Aldi should look in to how it got inside," she said.

Haleemah shared photographs showing the blade inside the box packaging of the Tiny Tears Doll. The knife sits behind the accompanied plastic bottle, with the blade pictured above the bottle and a yellow handle seen below.

Following the incident, Haleemah wants to raise the attention of parents who might miss what she says could have been "fatal".

She said: "I would like to raise attention to parents out there to be vigilant when purchasing toys and check to the contents inside as this could possibly have been fatal if my daughter had picked the toy up."

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An Aldi spokesperson said: "When Ms Patel noticed this Tiny Tears product had been tampered with, we immediately took it off sale. We can confirm that it is an isolated case where the packaging appears to have been deliberately tampered with.

"Our supplier has confirmed that the product passes through highly sensitive metal detectors before leaving their factory and the packaging could not have been compromised during the manufacturing process."

There is no indication any other products have been affected by what Haleemah says she discovered.

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