WHSmith and Tesco have both come under fire after displaying a book about notorious Austrian criminal Josef Fritzl as a suggested Father’s Day gift.

WHSmith displayed the book as one of its “Top 50 Books for Dad” and a Tesco store in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, caused alarm for some customers when it displayed the book as a suggested Father’s Day gift.

Fritzl has caused headlines around the world after keeping his daughter imprisoned in his basement for 24 years.  

A Tesco spokesman said: “It was never our intention to cause offence to any of our customers. It was placed there by mistake and has been removed.”

WHSmith also said that it would rectify the mistake.