Tesco sorry for selling horror colouring book to kids

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Bad... colouring book was being marketed at kids on the Tesco website (Copyright: Raymonds Press Partnership)

Tesco has withdrawn a horror film colouring book from sale after it was found accidentally being marketed to children.

'Colour Me Good: Arrggghhh!!' was being sold in the children's section of the Tesco website, despite featuring graphic images from films including 'Psycho'.

As well as the infamous shower scene from Hitchcock's film - which appears on the cover splattered with blood - also featured are scenes from 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', 'Carrie', 'Hellraiser', 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'The Shining', all to colour in.

Tesco said that the book, which was in the section for kids from five to eight, had been accidentally listed there by a third party seller.

Chris Tuckwood of Spondon, Derby, found the book on sale while looking for a present for his seven-year-old grandson.

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“It was advertised as being suitable for kids from five to eight - I don't think so,” he said.

“It is unbelievable that they can sell such a thing aimed at kids. I don’t think I have to say why it’s unsuitable, that is obvious. Who on earth are they employing that thinks this is OK?”

The book's creator Mel Elliott said she was unaware the book was being sold through the Tesco website.

“The front cover of ’Colour Me Good Arrggghhhh!!’ features a drawing from the horror movie, ’Psycho’ in which a woman is stabbed to death in the shower,” she told The Sun.

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“I believe that this one image is a fairly large clue that this is not a book aimed at children. However, it does state on Tesco’s website that my products are aimed at five to eight year olds, which is an error on their part.”

A spokesperson for Tesco said: “We have very clear guidelines for third-party sellers who list items on our website, and are sorry that on this occasion they weren't followed.

“We have spoken to the seller to remind them of the importance of selecting the right category when listing products with us.

“Of course, when issues do arise we act quickly to ensure that the item is updated with the correct information.”