A family has hit out at a Sheffield supermarket for asking an autistic child to leave their store for being ‘out of control’.
Dad Matthew Lawton was shopping with his son Bradley and wife Amanda at Iceland, on The Moor in Sheffield city centre, when a security guard allegedly asked the family to leave.
Bradley, aged seven, has been diagnosed with autism and was putting his hands on the freezers and running up and down in the store.
Mr Lawton, aged 40, of Spotswood Close, Gleadless, said the security guard accused him of not being able to control Bradley.
He said: “I am absolutely furious. He wasn’t in a bad meltdown, but to be told you can’t control your son is disgraceful.
“I said to him ‘you obviously don’t understand what autism is’.
Mr Lawton called Iceland’s head office to complain and received a £20 voucher in the post.
He said he wants to use the incident to raise awareness of disabled discrimination.
He said: “I’m very passionate about the fact that awareness isn’t there and often it’s the older generation that frown or don’t understand.
“When you have someone in that job, you have to have an awareness about what you can and can’t say. It’s discrimination.
“Because he doesn’t need a wheelchair, people sometimes don’t realise.
“I think we’re a little bit behind in this country.”
A spokesman for Iceland said: “We are unable to offer any further information or comment until we have completed a full investigation into the incident and the reasons for it.
“We will take any action that may be appropriate when we have seen the conclusions of this investigation.”
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