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Pictured:  Bert and Ivy Francis of Peacehaven with the box of Christmas crackers they bought from M&S. <br />
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Great-grandparents were asked to hand over their personal details when buying a box of Christmas crackers - because of the gunpowder inside.  Ivy and Bert Francis, 82 and 83, went to purchase a box of 12 silver crackers from Marks & Spencer for £15 but were stopped at the checkout.<br />
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A message flagged up on the female worker's till screen saying the elderly couple had to provide their names and address before buying them.  The married couple were told by the member of staff that they had to give their details because the crackers contained gunpowder. <br />
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Retired engineer Mr Francis and Mrs Francis, who have four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, then provided their names and address before paying for the crackers at the store in Shoreham, West Sussex.  SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.<br />
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