Shopping centre denies branding grandparents ‘terrorists’
January 3, 2008
A shopping centre has hit back at claims a security guard imposed a life ban on a couple taking photographs and branded them a ?terrorist? threat.
Newspapers have reported that Kim and Trevor Sparshott were ordered to stop taking photos of their grandchildren during a visit to Fareham Shopping Centre in Hampshire.
The couple had planned to surprise their family on a pre-Christmas shopping trip from their home in Spain.
In a report published in The Daily Telegraph Trevor Sparshott, 52 said: ?Instead of being a nice surprise for our family, it turned into a nightmare.
?In these worrying times we understand the need for caution but surely a quiet word when he [the security guard] first saw us would have stopped all this unpleasantness.?
Centre manager Pam Gillard denied that Mr Sparshott had been given a life ban or had represented a terrorist threat.
Gillard told Amateur Photographer that the security officer concerned has now ?left? the centre.
She claimed that Trevor Sparshott had caught the eye of the security guard because he had been seen taking photographs in front of a jewellers following recent ‘ramraids’.
She apologised if the duty manager at the time had not explained the situation clearly.