The child's T-shirt was available on several of Zara's online stores Screengrab

Clothes retailer Zara has removed a child's T-shirt from its stores following complaints it resembled attire worn by Jewish people during the Holocaust.

The child's 'sheriff' outfit features a golden six-pointed star stitched onto the upper left hand side of a striped long sleeve t-shirt.

The T-shirt, believed to be produced in Turkey, was available to buy in several countries online via Zara's website, including Sweden, France, Germany and the UK.

The T-shirt was removed following complaints it resembled the outfit worn by Jewish prisoners in concentration camps during WW2.

A Zara spokesperson told IBTimes UK: "We honestly apologise, it was inspired by the sheriff's stars from the Classic Western films and is no longer in our store."

This is not the first time Zara has come under criticism for using designs which allude to Nazi Germany. In 2007, it withdrew a handbag from sale after it was found to have swastikas on it.

Zara said the bag came from an external supplier and the symbol was not visible when it was selected.

Earlier this year, Sports Direct also removed from sale a T-shirt of Norwegian black metal band Burzum with links to neo-Nazism following complaints.

Burzum's sole member, Varg Vikernes, was sentenced to 21 years in jail in 1993 for murder as well as burning down three churches.

He was also found guilty in July for inciting racial hatred for writing blog posts that allegedly glorified war crimes and promoted discrimination against Jews and Muslims.