News: Dad left puzzled after Heron Foods bans him from all its stores

News: Dad left puzzled after Heron Foods bans him from all its stores

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A dad-of-three banned from every Heron Foods store in the country says he has no idea why and is taking legal advice to get it lifted.

Mike Burnham and his partner Samantha Johnson have been told they cannot set foot in any of the frozen food outlets.

The 37-year-old  shops at the store in Hedon near Hull  to feed his five-year-old daughter and four-year-old twins.

But a letter arrived “out of the blue” saying the couple were no longer welcome at any Heron Foods shop nationwide, HullLive reports.

Mr Burnham says it will be a pain to now have to travel from his home in Preston to Hull city centre to buy frozen food.

The letter informs Mr Burnham action is being taken following a “recent incident of theft/assault/verbal abuse/harassment” – but the letter does not detail what is alleged to have happened, nor does it specify a date for the alleged offence(s).

CCTV footage

Mr Burnham said he is furious and claims he has never “harassed” anyone.

He said: “I’ve not done a thing and this letter is discrediting me. I haven’t harassed anybody, I don’t know why they’ve sent me this letter. I don’t understand why I’ve received the ban.

Outside the store in Hedon
Outside the store in Hedon

“I go at least once a week. I’ve got three kids that love the food. It’s the only place around here you can get freezer stuff.

“If I can’t go there I have to go to Hull to get it, I’ve got a motorbike but as you can imagine, it’s hard do a shop on one of them, and will cost £10 in fuel each way before I’ve even bought any food.

“I’ve rang a solicitor and asked for advice to see what I can do because if they are stating they have CCTV footage, I’d like to see it because I know 100 per cent they haven’t got any, I really do.”

Laughable

In the letter, the Heron Foods management team informs the couple there is CCTV in all stores and warns them they will be reported to the  police  if they step foot inside any store nationwide.

Mr Burnham said it’s “laughable” his partner Samantha, 36, was accused of any wrongdoing because she never leaves the house.

He said: “She doesn’t even go in there because she doesn’t leave the house. It’s very rare I can get her out the house. She’s gutted about it, never steps foot in there anyway.”

Mr Burnham says he believes his ban could be connected to an ongoing criminal investigation in which a family member of his is the complainant.

However, Mr Burnham said the police matter has nothing to do with him and even less so because he does not live with this family member.

The family member has also received the same letter from Heron Foods and it is addressed to them and their “family and friends”.

Mr Burnham said: “That (the alleged incident which cannot be reported for legal reasons) happens, then all of a sudden we are all banned. Whatever else is going on is nothing to do with me.

“I know about what has happened but I’ve not got involved, I’ve not done a thing about it. To ban us for something that is nothing to do with us is totally unfair.”

What Heron say

A spokesperson for Heron said: “We have no further comments. This is currently under police investigation.”



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