Devon council bans apostrophe to "avoid confusion"
The apostrophe is being banned from street names in parts of Devon to "avoid potential confusion".
Mid Devon District Council said its new streets had not contained apostrophes for many years, but the policy was now being made official.
It said apostrophes could only be found in three street names in the district.
It added that Beck's Square and Blundell's Avenue, both in Tiverton, and St George's Well in Cullompton, were "all named many, many years ago".
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Andrew Lacey, from the council, said there was "no national guidance that stops apostrophes being used".
Steve Jenner from the Plain English Campaign said punctuation, including the apostrophe, was one of the basic rules of language and he described the council's decision as "nonsensical".
A statement from the council said: "Our proposed policy on street naming and numbering covers a whole host of practical issues, many of which are aimed at reducing potential confusion over street names."