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Church removes 'insensitive' banner featuring Manchester terror attack after survivor complained

The Mormon Church says it didn't intend for the banner to cause offence to victims' families. Photo: MEN Media

A church which used an image of the Manchester Arena terror attack to advertise services has taken it down after a survivor complained.

The banner outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wythenshawe featured a photograph showing armed police and paramedics in the aftermath of last May's bomb.

Alongside the image were the words: ‘Are you prepared for possible disasters?’

The sign also read: ‘Come on Saturday Jan 27th 11.00am to 1.00pm to see if we can help you’, and featured an ‘I Love Manchester’ logo.

The banner has since been removed. Credit: MEN Media

The banner was branded as "insensitive scaremongering" by a man who was at the arena that night.

The 30-year-old from Sale said he does not need to be reminded of those terrible events every day.

The banner was branded as Credit: MEN Media

It’s understood the banner was put up on January 18, but has since been removed.

The Mormon Church says it didn't intend for the banner to cause offence to victims' families.

The imagery used on the banner did not portray what the event actually is intended to be, and was a misunderstanding.

It certainly was not our intention to upset anyone and the banner was taken down as soon as we heard that it might have caused upset.

– The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints