Thousands of children's clothes are being recalled by Marks and Spencers stores in Ireland and Britain after parents found sewing machine needles still attached to the garments.

The company has issued an urgent alert about 12,000 items of clothing following complaints that two children in Britain were scratched by the needles.

The clothes involved are a pink two-pack jogger set, pink gingham dungarees, a white T-shirt and denim jeans set, all of which have been available since last month. 

Also affected are pure cotton chambray pyjamas, which have been available since March this year.

Shoppers seeking more information are being asked to contact the Marks and Spencers Customer Service desks at any store.