People Staff
January 08, 2001 12:00 PM

Harry is just a regular English kid in a regular English suburb. But strange things happen around Harry. And his name isn’t even Potter.

The weird goings-on in Winsford, Cheshire, about three hours north of London, center on 2-year-old Harry Fair-weather. His very presence sets off store alarms all over town—and no one has figured out why. “The security barriers should only respond to the tags attached to goods in the store,” says Mark Stafford of Sensormatic Electronics Corp., whose alarms at the local ASDA supermarket beep madly whenever Harry’s mother, homemaker Paula Evans, 28, takes him inside.

“The first time,” says ASDA staffer Charlotte Ford, “his mother said, ‘What have you got, Harry?’ She searched him—his pockets, even his socks—but found nothing.” And that’s how it’s been for about six months. “At one point,” says Evans, “I stripped Harry down to his underpants but found nothing.”

Evans and her partner, chemical engineer Dominic Fairweather, 25, even had the family doctor check Harry out—to no avail. “She said if he had swallowed anything to cause this, he would have had serious stomach problems,” says Evans. Theories, of course, abound. Maybe Harry has an unusually strong electrical field around his body. Perhaps he reflects radio waves. In any case, “Winsford is getting used to Harry. “Now,” says Ford, “when Harry sets off the alarms, we wave s and say hello.”

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