A supermarket is offering a "quiet hour" to help shoppers with autism

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If you've ever had the joy of going to a supermarket with a child with severe autism, you'll know the drill.

From loud noises to people jostling them, anything can turn what could have been a peaceful shop into a potential tantrum situation.

But now the manager of an Asda store in Manchester is seeking to make things easier for people with autism - by launching a "quiet hour" in the store.

Simon Lea, the manager of an Asda Living store in Cheetham Hill, said he will turn off escalators, in-store music and TVs, to make the supermarket a silent experience.

People with autism can be ultra-sensitive to noises - with announcements that sound ordinary no the rest of us coming across as oppressively loud to those with the condition.

Lea said the experience of a customer, whose son had a "meltdown" in the store, had inspired him.

"When we open the doors you will be able to hear a pin drop. That's the plan," Lea told Metro.

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