Protests after newsagent refused to serve soldier

The Hardshaw Centre
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A shopkeeper in St Helens sparked fury after refusing to serve a solider in uniform.

The owners of the Hardshaw Centre say a newsagent who refused to serve a soldier on an army recruitment drive made “a genuine error”.

It follows an incident at Alpha News, which sparked fury on Facebook last night.

Protests were staged at the Hardshaw Centre and it is believed the newsagent has been closed since the incident.

A spokesman for London and Cambridge Properties said: “We are aware of allegations that a retailer at The Hardshaw Centre refused to serve a soldier who was in uniform.

“We have investigated these allegations and, having spoken to the shopkeeper in question, we believe this was a genuine error and not the result of any form of discrimination.

“We have been advised that the shopkeeper intends to extend a full apology to the individual involved as soon as possible.”

Nobody from Alpha News was available for comment.