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Is this Halloween display too gruesome?

A Halloween display in a shop window in Hampshire has been criticised for being too gory. Several shopowners in Leigh Park have decorated their premises as part of a local competition. But the scene in one cafe has been described as 'just too horrific'. The owner says it attracts publicity and is good for local business, as Sally Simmonds reports

Cafe owner ordered to change 'gruesome' Halloween display

Complaints were made about the display Credit: Paul Jacobs/

The gory Halloween window display at the Memory Lane Cafe at the Greywell Shopping Centre in Havant. Complaints were made to police about the window display which shows a murder scene. A dead baby was removed from the display. Police took the action under anti-social behaviour legislation. More later.


Halloween costumes checked for fire risk

Firefighters are warning shoppers to be on their guard, after flammability tests on a number of high street Halloween costumes.

The potential dangers of SOME outfits were highlighted last year when TV presenter Claudia Winkleman's daughter was badly burned after her fancy dress caught fire on a candle.

The Government has ordered spot checks of costumes, and some stores already do extra testing. But any official changes won't come into force until next year. Matt Price reports.

Spooky events arranged for Halloween

A spooky evening at Tudor House Credit: Southampton City Council

Spooky Halloween events are being arranged in Southampton. There will be a special 'spooky night' at Tudor House and Garden on 30 October. There will be free admission and late night opening until 9pm. The public are being invited to explore 800 years of history during the evening.

Spectacular pumpkin creations from across the region

Thousands of people across the ITV Meridian region have spent hours patiently carving some spectacular pumpkin creations for Halloween tonight. Here's just a few:

Mary Shephard's ocean themed pumpkin
Some impressive work from Glaysher Family Butchers
The Glaysher Family Butchers' amazing effort
A slightly less scary design from the Fosters in Godalming
Michelle Brown's impressive sculpting
Andy Walsh's Harry Potter themed pumpkin

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