Flagging high-street giant Marks & Spencer is recalling 12,000 items of children's wear after sewing needles were found still attached to garments.

The company issued the recall after sewing machine needles were found in trousers in four incidents, and two children were scratched by them.

M&S, which said it was being intentionally cautious, is currently investigating why the needles remained in the garments, which were produced by a Sri Lankan manufacturer.

The recall covers a pink two-pack jogger set, pink gingham dungarees, a white T-shirt and denim jeans set, and pure cotton chambray pyjamas.

Marks & Spencer has been gradually losing favour on the UK high street in recent years, and last month said that profits dropped by nearly a fifth in 2004.