The offending temporary road sign in Hartlepool
A rogue apostrophe on a town centre sign has caused "bewilderment and irritation".
The temporary road sign in Hartlepool, stating "Parking Bay's Suspended", was erected whilst gas works were carried out.
When it was pointed out to the chairman of the Apostrophe Protection Society he said: "The apostrophe obviously still needs protection."
Hartlepool Council denied any blame for the sign.
Apostrophes are misused time and time again, but the grammatical mistake left John Richards of the Apostrophe Protection Society puzzled by what it was trying to achieve.
Apostrophes should be used to denote possession (The cat's tail - says that the tail belongs to the cat) or omission (you're)
If the possessor already ends with an s, the apostrophe comes after it (cars' wheels, or boys' coats)
If the plural of a word doesn't end in s, these words use 's to show possession (men's clothing)
The society's founder and chairman said: "My reaction is mainly bewilderment mixed with irritation.
"What on earth does the apostrophe mean? On my web page I make it clear that plurals never need an apostrophe.
"The apostrophe obviously still needs protection."
It was thought to have been erected by a local firm on behalf of one of the utilities.