A Christian group has been banned from claiming it can heal people after complaints to the advertising watchdog.

Healing on the Streets – Bath (HOTS) stages regular sessions outside the city’s abbey and says ‘scores of people’ have been ‘physically healed’ as a result of its work.

But atheist Hayley Stevens, from Wiltshire, took offence to the group’s adverts and claimed it could give terminally-ill people false hope.

She complained to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to say the claims by HOTS could ‘not be substantiated’ and were ‘irresponsible’.

The ASA upheld her complaint, stating that testimonials found on the group’s website were ‘insufficient as evidence for claims of healing’.

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