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A father is claiming his three-year-old son has been left scarred for life after an automatic door slammed shut on his face at Whitstable Tesco.

Ola Eweje, of Cromwell Road, was holding Kayden’s hand as they entered the store in Millstrood Road when, he says, the electric door shut on him.

But the supermarket says that an investigation has found nothing wrong with the door and that CCTV footage shows no record of any accident.

Three-year-old Kayden Ewejie 20 minutes after the automatic door closed on him, according to his dad, Ola Eweje
Three-year-old Kayden Ewejie 20 minutes after the automatic door closed on him, according to his dad, Ola Eweje

Unemployed Mr Eweje, 29, who suffers from cluster migraines, says his boy is now scared of walking through doors and has been left with a dent on his head.

He said: “I had hold of him and we walked through and the automatic door slammed shut on his head. Within the space of two minutes this egg had appeared on his head and a massive dent and that was literally just the impact of the door shutting on him.

“He is very cautious of doors now. If it was someone who was younger that could have done a lot more damage. I want compensation.”

Mr Eweje reported the incident, to Tesco bosses and is now demanding an apology and a pay-out. He took his son to the Estuary View medical centre in Boorman Way with his partner Zoe Killick.

Tesco in Whitstable
Tesco in Whitstable
Kayden Eweje
Kayden Eweje

Mr Eweje says he no longer visits the store.

He said: “The first thing we did was contact Tesco and they said they would investigate but they got back to me on June 29 saying it wasn’t their fault. I think it was a generic response back and they haven’t looked at it in full detail.

“My son now has a permanent dent and scar on his head.”

Tesco spokesman Simon Petar said: “The safety of our customers is really important to us so we were concerned to hear about this incident.

“Following a full inspection of the automatic doors, no faults were detected and a review of the CCTV footage found no record of it.

“Maintenance logs for the three months prior to the incident also showed no issues with the doors in the store.”

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