- Police are investigating what appears to be a human bone found in a pair of socks purchased at Primark.
- The socks were purchased on December 10.
- The possible human remains were reported to police on January 2.
- The bone does not appear to have been the “result of recent trauma.”
- Authorities also said they cannot determine how old the bone is or where exactly it came from.
Police are investigating what appears to be human bone found in a pair of Primark socks, The Guardian reports. The socks were purchased on December 10 from a Colchester location of the franchise.
The possible human remains were reported to Essex police on January 2. In a statement to The Guardian, a spokesperson for the police confirmed that the bone is believed to be human remains.
“The bone does not appear to be a result of recent trauma and had no skin or other particles surrounding it,” the police spokesperson told the Guardian. “We are liaising with the store who, in turn, are speaking to their suppliers for more information on this incident. Inquiries are ongoing.”
Authorities also said they cannot determine how old the bone is or where exactly it came from without conducting further tests.
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In a statement to INSIDER, a representative for Primark said the retailer is looking into this incident.
“Primark clearly takes this matter very seriously and has already carried out an investigation at our supplier’s factory where the socks were made,” the representative said. “No evidence of any kind exists to suggest that any incident has occurred in the factory, so it is highly probable that this object was placed in the socks by an individual for unknown reasons.”
The spokesperson also suggested that this may be a prank.
“Primark has been the subject of isolated incidents in the past which have subsequently been found to have been hoaxes,” the spokesperson said. “The factory has been used by other retailers and the subject of many audits over many years. Primark sincerely apologizes to the customer who found the item for any distress caused.”
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