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Primark calls ‘cry for help’ letters a hoax

Primark said letters found in socks sold at its stores claiming to be from a Chinese torture victim has nothing to do with its staff or suppliers.

Primark 'cry for help' letter

Primark ‘cry for help’ letter

Primark ‘cry for help’ letter

Shakheil Akbar discovered a note inside his purchase of a pair of socks made at the Metrocentre shopping centre in Newcastle, while Lucy Kirk said her father found the same note inside a pair bought at a Primark store in Huddersfield a few weeks earlier.

When translated into English, the letter was signed from a 39-year-old man who said he was falsely accused of fraud and blackmail and sentenced to three years in prison, after he reported cases of corruption to police.

“I am currently being forcibly detained in a detention centre in Lingbi County,” the letter said. “My body and soul have been subjected to extreme torture and damage.”

A Primark spokesman said the letter is a hoax and its products are being hijacked by someone trying to gain publicity.

He said: “The Primark name is being used to gain publicity for the plight of this individual. We have found no link at all between this individual and any of our suppliers’ factories in China. We think it is likely that the note was added after production and it is feasible it was added in transit or at a port.”


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