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Halloween: Charity shop's decapitated baby display sparks anger

The Halloween window display
Image caption Shoppers said they were shocked at the gory scene in the charity shop's window

A Halloween display in a Bournemouth charity shop which included a decapitated baby has been removed.

The British Red Cross shop in Southbourne showed a figure holding a baby with its head chopped off and blood running down its dress.

A spokesperson for the charity said: "We apologise if anyone is offended by this display."

The display prompted complaints, one shopper said they could not "believe a Red Cross shop has this on display."

Others said it was "shocking" and "tasteless".

The charity added: "It is normal practice for each shop to dress and display their windows using their own local discretion.

"In this example, we accept that this display falls short of reasonable expectations."

In a statement on its Facebook page, the shop said: "It was never our intention to offend anyone."

It added the display had now been removed from the window.

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