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Nail found in loaf put us right off food

PUBLISHED: 17:25 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:29 03 July 2010

SHARP SURPRISE: Gill Charman holds the slice of bread which has an inch long nail embedded in it

SHARP SURPRISE: Gill Charman holds the slice of bread which has an inch long nail embedded in it

Dominic Bareham

WHEN retired Great Yarmouth couple Gill and Keith Charman felt the hunger pangs hammering away at them, little did they know there would be a sharp surprise waiting for them when they tried to hit their cravings on the head.

WHEN retired Great Yarmouth couple Gill and Keith Charman felt the hunger pangs hammering away at them, little did they know there would be a sharp surprise waiting for them when they tried to hit their cravings on the head.

Mrs Charman, of Ordnance Road, decided to make chicken sandwiches after the couple started feeling peckish while they were watching TV on Sunday - but as she began cutting the blade hit an inch long masonry nail embedded in the loaf.

She said: “We were feeling quite peckish while we were watching television so we decided to make a chicken sandwich, having already eaten our lunch in the middle of the afternoon. I got the bread out, opened it up and started cutting the bread with an electric knife.

“I realised something was not right when the knife skidded through. It just went straight through more quickly. I was horrified to discover the nail inside.”

She added: “It is quite lucky that I happened to put the knife at the slice where the nail appeared because when I was slicing the bread I could have easily missed it and then discovered it when the sandwich was being eaten by which time it could have been too late.”

The retired former Tesco employee, who is a regular ASDA shopper, had bought the unbranded loaf, which was made in store, from the Yarmouth ASDA branch as she did her weekly shopping on Friday .

When she phoned the store she was offered a refund but Mrs Charman said she was keen to highlight the dangers of what could have happened.

Fortunately, 64-year-old Mrs Charman's four children- Andy, 40, Nick, 37, Juliette, 31 and Tim, 29- are all grown up. ASDA spokeswoman Laura Mills said: “We are extremely sorry that Mrs Sharman found a nail in her bread. We have no idea how it got there but will be investigating further. We have given the customer a gift card for the inconvenience.”

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