A road sign spelling mistake has led to drivers double-taking over the unusual spelling of a Northumberland town.

Eagle-eyed motorists have spotted the incorrect spelling of Morpeth as "Morperth" on the newly-installed sign on the A191 in West Allotment.

Drivers confused by road sign blunder Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Drivers heading towards Holystone have since flagged up the gaffe to North Tyneside Council on social media.

Dog walker Adrian Henderson, from Shiremoor, was one of the first to spot the misspelling and post pictures online.

Adrian, 48, said:

I first noticed the sign earlier this week. I have never ever seen anyone spell Morpeth wrong - the sign can only have been up for a few weeks.

Adrian Henderson
Drivers confused by road sign blunder Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A spokesperson for the authority confirmed the road sign will be replaced within the “next couple of weeks”.

A sticker will soon be placed over the extra letter before a replacement is installed, and the spokesperson added the fault would have been identified as part of a review process on the site.

Drivers recently breathed a sigh of relief when the £5.1m project to upgrade the A19/A191 Holystone roundabout and surrounding road network finished early.