A store in Aberdeen has been vandalised days after a local church group accused it of promoting the occult with its Halloween display.

William Gatt, who owns Castlegate Newsagents in Banff, decorated his store window in a graveyard theme with skulls and tombstones in anticipation for Halloween.

The window was smashed by vandals at 3am, although William said that the shop had not been entered and nothing stolen. Windows at a nearby chemist and opticians were also targeted.

The store had recently been criticised by the Banff Churches Together Group, which said that the Halloween display was distasteful and promoted what it called an 'unhealthy interest in occult practices'.

"The displays relate to cemeteries and, as Christians, we take the view that they are disrespectful to our faithful departed," said Banff Churches Together secretary Fiona Stewart.

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