Whitechapel’s Jack the Ripper Museum never seems to be far from controversy, and plans for halloween events have whipped up some fresh ill-feeling in east London .

The museum put out a press release promoting its Halloween event, promising visitors a meeting with Jack the Ripper and selfies with his victims.

The event has received heavy criticism – with some twitter followers calling the event “vile”, “insulting” and “a new low”.

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The museum has hit back with a statement made by museum owner Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, who said: “The Jack the Ripper Museum is a fully immersive experience and on Halloween visitors will be able to experience the London of 1888 in the presence of Jack the Ripper, our weekend of events are educational as well as scary.”

An extract from the original press release sent out by the museum read: “For one weekend only, museum visitors can meet Jack the Ripper.

“Dare you have a selfie with him in his sitting room where he planned his horrific murders? Or how about a picture with Jack in Mitre Square together with the body of Catherine Eddowes?

“Are you brave enough to meet him in Mary Jane Kelly’s bedroom - the scene of the most horrific of all Jack the Ripper’s murders. Just be careful not to meet Jack in the basement morgue.”

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Twitter reacted furiously with many accusing the museum of trivialising the murder of women.

The Jack the Ripper in Residence event takes place at the museum on Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 from 10.30am-6.30pm.