October 25th, 2016

Police chiefs left red faced by spelling blunders on new van

POLICE chiefs were left red-faced after two of the county’s towns were mis-spelt on a new van.

Officers from Warwickshire Police took to Twitter recently to proudly unveil a picture of their new mobile station unit.

But eagle-eyed workers from neighbouring teams were quick to point out the map on the side of the Peugeot Boxer had errors in the spelling of both Wellesbourne and Shipston-on-Stour.

Shipston-on-Stour was re-branded Shipstone-on-Stour while Wellesbourne was missing its second ‘e’ – becoming Wellsbourne.

Following the reveal, Shipston Safer Neighbourhood Team jokingly tweeted: “I think you need to ask for a refund.”

But the criticism was taken in good spirits by the force, which replied with a picture of the van and the message: “For Sale 2016 mobile police station, 187 miles, slight artwork issue.”

A Warwickshire Police spokesperson said it was aware of the errors and was working to resolve the mistake as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

It is not yet clear when the spelling errors will be corrected and how much the change could cost.

The new vehicle, which is fitted with wifi and a flat-screen television, will travel to the county’s villages to help communities with policing issues.