AMANDA Robbie, the wife of a vicar from the West Midlands, is calling on Christians to petition supermarkets to remove “lads’ mags” from shelves visible to young children.
Mrs Robbie, whose husband Neil is the new Vicar of Holy Trinity, West Bromwich, lodged a written complaint at the Great Bridge branch of Asda, near their parish, after a trip there with her three young children. She was shocked when they spotted soft-porn magazines such as Nuts and FHM that were placed on shelves at children’s eye-level.
“I thought I should complain, and ask them to remove them from children’s height, and a lot of my friends have supported me and agreed something should be done. I told them I would not be shopping at Asda unless they moved the magazines, so did it on a consumer-power basis.
“Anyone who knows young people should write to their supermarket to complain. It doesn’t take a lot of effort.”
After the complaint, Asda in Great Bridge moved the magazines to the top shelf.
Mrs Robbie had previously made a similar complaint at a branch of Sainsbury’s, in Wolverhampton, after which the supermarket staff moved the magazines to the top shelf, and placed them under an opaque cover.
Mrs Robbie’s stance follows a campaign by the Labour MP Claire Curtis-Thomas, who represents Crosby near Liverpool, calling for “lads’ mags” to be given cinema-style “18” ratings.
At present, a voluntary code of practice recommends that retailers display “lads’ mags” above children’s eye-level.