Who needs sub-editors when you have spellcheck, right?
Wrong – as the Rossendale Free Press found out when its page seven lead about flooding appeared both in print and online with a stream of bizarre pseudonyms replacing village names.
It looks like the spellcheck system found Lancashire place names like Rawtenstall, Crawshawbooth, Bacup and Ramsbottom a little too difficult to deal with, inserting more computer-friendly words like Ratchets, Crushability, Barcus and Ramsgate.
No-one from the Free Press has so far responded to requests for a comment on the issue. The story has since been taken down.