14/08/2014 12:47 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mum 'Mortified' After 10-Year-Old Son Is Sold 20 Condoms

Mum 'mortified' after 10-year-old son is sold 20 condoms

A 10-year-old who went to the shops with pocket money from his mum to buy sweets returned with 20 condoms!

Celton Thomson popped into the chemists but instead of buying chocs and treats he blew the money on the contraceptives.

His 'moritifed' mum, Emma Opie, hit the roof when he returned and accused the store of being irresponsible.

The 32-year-old from Barrow, Cumbria, said: "I was absolutely mortified. Who would sell a 10-year-old child two packets of condoms?

"I don't think anyone should be selling condoms to kids this age. He's just turned 10, it's not as if he looks old enough."

But the shop's staff later told Emma they thought Celton might be using them as 'water bombs'.

An unrepentant spokeswoman for chemist Bodycare said staff would not make a 'moral judgment' when selling condoms.

"As a leading toiletries and beauty specialist retailer, Bodycare is committed to providing a full range of products to its customers within the confines of the law" she said.

"There are currently no age restrictions on the sale of condoms and as a retailer, we do not feel it is appropriate for us to place moral judgment on the sale of contraceptives."

And a spokeswoman for sexual health charity FPA said: "Young people need to get confident about using and buying condoms if they are going to use them when they are older."

But Deacon Nick Donnelly, of St Mary's Catholic Church in Barrow said: "It's inappropriate to say 'we don't exercise moral judgment'.

"There might be no law about it but moral behaviour is not just governed by the law of the land. Is this the sexualisation of young children? It's a big concern.

"He should be thinking about buying marbles or accessories for his Action Man, not condoms."