A paranormal investigator has spoken of his horror at Ouija boards being sold in Poundland.
Paul Marsters, who is a member of True Paranormal Events UK, says that he was 'gobsmacked' after seeing the spirit board for sale in the budget store for a £1 in the Prospect Centre, Hull.
He says that deadly demons could be released by the boards if they are in the hands of anyone but mediums, and the potential for sinister spirit activity is heightened round Halloween.
Mr Marsters said: "Ouija boards are most certainly not a toy and should not be available for kids to buy in pound shops for Halloween - never mind adults that are not trained in how to use them.
"It does not matter if they are plastic or wood, if the planchette spells the word 'Zeus' it is a demon trying to come through and you should not even say the name, never mind continuing to communicate with it.
"All hell could break loose if the demon attached itself to anyone and follow them around. Nasty spirits can scratch and attack people and should not be messed with as people could get seriously hurt.
"So I was gobsmacked when I saw that Poundland were selling these Ouija boards and was profoundly shocked and just fuming really."
Mr Marsters, who has been a paranormal investigator for seven years, says that many people in his field have spoken of their anger that such devices are being sold.
He says that he could not see an age limit on the product, but Poundland say that the sale of the product is restricted to over 18s.
The paranormal community claim that the the devices can 'destroy people's lives' and 'spirits can cause suicides as some are more 'sinister' than others'.
"We won't even touch Ouija boards - we only have mediums to do that who are trained as they are just too dangerous and you don't know what it will entail using them," added Mr Marsters.
"We only use glass work to communicate with the spirits in that way. Everyone in the paranormal spirit field is angered - the risks of untrained people using Ouija boards is unimaginable so it is ludicrous that Poundland are selling them off.
"On Halloween night the veil into the spirit world is very thin and people are buying these Ouija boards just for Halloween so I dread to think what will happen when these boards are in the wrong hands."
Poundland have said that the 'spirit boards' are being marketed to adults only and have sold out due to their popularity.
A spokesman for the company said: "While the Spirit Boards were marked for adults and were blocked from being only sold to children at tills, they were part of our extensive Halloween décor range this year in only around 90 of our 800+ stores.
"In any event, they've now just about vanished."
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