ONE of the world's largest online retailers has been forced to remove pages from its website after it linked the Dunblane tragedy with books for gun enthusiasts.
Amazon last night admitted its mistake and pledged to remove the offending links from its website.
Scotland on Sunday discovered that Dunblane Unburied, a book querying the findings of the Cullen Report into the 1996 tragedy, was linked with a shooting book titled The Ultimate in Rifle Accuracy.
The mistake occurred on Amazon's Perfect Partner option on its books section, which recommends a second book for customers to buy following their initial selection.
The website also recommended other books that those purchasing Dunblane Unburied might like to consider buying, including Gun Digest: The World's Greatest Gun Book, and Successful Rifle Shooting.
Speaking on Friday, a spokesman for Amazon apologised for linking the two books, admitting the web page could cause offence and pledging that changes would be made to remove the books concerned.
However, the web page was still accessible yesterday.
Dunblane Unburied was written by Sandra Uttley, the former partner of Mick North, whose daughter Sophie was killed in the shootings 10 years ago.
Parents whose children died in Dunblane condemned its publication earlier this year after it emerged the book was part funded by the Sportsman's Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which is campaigning for a repeal of the 1997 Firearms (Amendments) Act, which banned ownership of handguns.
Dunblane Unburied includes allegations of a cover-up involving senior police officers and legal figures about their links with Thomas Hamilton, the gunman who shot dead 16 pupils and a teacher before killing himself on March 13, 1996, at Dunblane Primary.
Dunblane councillor Ann Dickson last night described Amazon's linking of shooting books to the Dunblane tragedy as an "appalling mistake". She said: "This book was funded by gun enthusiasts and it is totally inappropriate to link it to Dunblane. Amazon should seriously consider why they are promoting it and ensure it is not linked to other books about shooting."
A spokesman for Amazon said: "Our website uses technology to help customers select other books they may wish to buy. These mistakes are very rare but we will do everything we can to make sure this is changed."
The Sportsman's Association provided 1,000 to Uttley for an initial print-run of 200 copies of Dunblane Unburied. The group justified its decision by saying shooters were unjustly criticised after the 1996 tragedy, claiming a ban on guns would not have stopped Hamilton.