Family’s Haven holiday refunded after kids find crack pipe in rented caravan

A 13-year-old girl found a crack pipe in a rented caravan while she was on holiday with her family.

Kasha Reed and partner Abigail Brown, both 29, have been offered a full refund for their holiday with their six children at Haven's Blue Dolphin Holiday Park in North Yorkshire, LincolnshireLive reports.

Nine-year-old daughters Kyanna Tuplin and Ava Greer found the drugs paraphernalia when they stood on the bed and spotted something on top of the wardrobe in their room.

Big sister Jaymie-Leigh Reed, 13, investigated and pulled down a crack pipe and a glass jar containing a "substantial amount of something".

The children didn't know what the large smoke-stained, drug-filled glass jar was – but suspected it was dangerous and reported it to Ms Brown.

After the family complained to staff at the holiday site in Filey they were offered a full refund.

Ms Reed, from Barton-upon-Humber in Lincolnshire, said: "My kids could have lost their lives. Luckily, they knew not to touch it.

"The amount in there would have killed me at the age of 29.

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"I'd gone to pick a pizza up and it was Abigail that was there, I came back and I couldn't believe that's what she was holding.

"It was unbelievable. If my three-year-old had got hold of it, lives could have been lost. It's really quite serious."

The family had booked the three-night stay at the holiday park as a treat.

Their discovery was made on the final night of their stay on June 21.

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Ms Reed initially called an out-of-hours number to report the find, but received no response, she said.

She then drove around the site to find a security guard, but as he was dealing with a separate issue they decided to keep the pipe in their caravan overnight until staff could pick it up the following morning.

They kept it in a bag on top of a cupboard to ensure it was away from the children.

The family has since been issued with a full refund and also offered a 50% discount on a future Haven booking.

A spokesperson for Haven said: "We are sorry for the experience of the Reed family in relation to their recent stay at Blue Dolphin.

"Despite the strict cleaning measures we undertake, some drugs-related materials were hidden at the top of a wardrobe, which the family located when they stood on the bed.

"We are surprised that any guest would look to have such items on our breaks but would like to assure all guests that we take such incidences extremely seriously and would look to remove the offending items immediately.

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"Unfortunately, on this occasion, our security team were also managing a serious child welfare incident that night.

"We did remove the items as soon as possible the following morning having agreed on this approach with the guests. We have also retrained our cleaning team to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.

"This is far from the Haven experience that we would offer our guests and immediately offered the family a refund on their break and a 50% discount on a break later in the year."

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