Father shames council that sent him letter riddled with spelling mistakes

Telegraph Reporters
Daniel Moore was sent the letter to inform him of a £60 fine, but found it was littered with spelling errors - APEX NEWS AND PICTURES

A father fined for taking his child out of school for a family holiday has shamed a council after it sent him a letter riddled with spelling mistakes.

Daniel Moore, 31, removed five-year-old son Charlie from class for five days so the family could go on holiday to Majorca.

He knew he would receive a fine, but Mr Moore, from Exmouth, Devon, was shocked by the amount of spelling errors and typos in the letter informing him.

Mistakes in the letter, sent by Devon County Council on behalf of Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning for the council, include 'hte', 'guitly', 'notie' and 'dteailed'.

Mr Moore, who went on holiday with his wife Samantha and their children, Alice and Charlie, said he was disappointed that a letter with so many errors could be sent from the department responsible for his children's education.

Mr Moore was shocked by the amount of spelling errors and typos in the letter informing him Credit: APEX

"I saw a couple of spelling errors as soon as I opened the letter but as I read on more mistakes appeared," said Mr Moore.

"At first I thought it was quite funny but when you place it into the context that these people are responsible for the future of children's eduction it is concerning.

"We took our son out of school for five days to go on holiday to Majorca.

He even marked the letter Credit: APEX

"I was fully aware of the risks involved but thought it was well worth it for the experience of the holiday and we don't regret it one bit.

"I've said that I'll pay the £60 fine but I just wanted to make sure people could see how sloppy the letter was."

To help the council see their errors, Mr Moore went over the letter with a red pen and made corrections, mockingly marking it with a grade of D- telling them: "Must do better."

A spokesman for Devon County Council said: "We have been trialling a new IT printing system and a number of mistakes were unfortunately not picked up before this letter was despatched.

"It is an embarrassing error and we have taken steps to ensure it won't be repeated."