Christians called on to petition supermarkets over ‘lads’ mags’ display

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19 February 2009

by Ed Beavan

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.

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