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Babies injured as drawing pins hidden in changing mat

Standlake village hall Image copyright Google
Image caption The tacks were hidden under a baby changing mat in a village hall

Two babies were injured after drawing pins were hidden in a baby changing mat at a village hall in Oxfordshire.

Hayley Turner discovered tacks under the mat after laying her son, Samuel, down in a village hall to change his nappy.

Police said they were investigating the "assault" at Standlake on Friday.

In a Facebook post, which has been shared 77,000 times, Mrs Turner said she wanted to warn other parents to check mats in public buildings.

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She said when her son screamed, she thought it was because he was "tired, cold and grumpy".

She wrote: "It turns out some lowlife scum thought it would be 'fun' to deliberately put drawing pins in the bottom of the changing mat. Our poor baby boy was led on pins!!! And because he isn't old enough to tell me it hurt, he now looks like a pin cushion with five holes in total! Angry doesn't even cover it."

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Image caption Mrs Turner said she wanted to "spread a little word of warning to prevent it happening in the future"

Responding to comments on the post, Mrs Turner's husband, Rob, wrote: "It happened in a local village hall. Not their fault really as so many people use the hall. Disgusting human behaviour."

He said the little boy had since recovered from his ordeal.

Mrs Turner wrote: "It's quite sad to think this has to be done but my word of warning is to check your changing matts."

Thames Valley Police confirmed reports of an incident at the hall in Rack End, Standlake on Friday, in which two babies were injured.

A spokeswoman said: "Police are investigating this assault and, in the meantime, safety advice has been given to those involved."

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