David points Google in the right direction over Copnor spelling

SPELL CHECKER David Banks, of Southsea, left, who contacted Google after spotting Copnor had been spelt 'Copner' on Google Maps, inset
SPELL CHECKER David Banks, of Southsea, left, who contacted Google after spotting Copnor had been spelt 'Copner' on Google Maps, inset
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DAVID Banks regards himself as a stickler for spelling.

So he knew he had to take action when he noticed an area of Portsmouth had been incorrectly spelt on Google Maps.

Google map showing the name Copnor spelt as Copner.

Google map showing the name Copnor spelt as Copner.

The 36-year-old spotted that Copnor had been spelt ‘Copner’ when he was searching for a cafe to visit in the area more than a year ago.

He made a point of setting the record straight with Google recently after noticing the online search engine still hadn’t corrected the error.

He clicked on the ‘report a problem’ tool at the bottom of the Google Maps page and emailed Google, asking it to make the correction.

David, of Southsea, said: ‘I am a real stickler when it comes to grammar and spelling.

‘I hate it when I notice that names of places have been spelt wrong.

‘I’m sure thousands of people would have picked up on it being wrong but a lot of people don’t get the time to do something about it.

‘Maybe some people aren’t as pedantic as me.

‘But I’m proud to have come from Portsmouth and I wanted to make sure the city was being accurately represented.’

Since submitting his request four weeks ago, Google has promised to change its error.

David, who lives in Southsea, said: ‘I’m just glad that it’s going to be sorted.

‘I don’t understand why Google hadn’t noticed the error in the first place because Copnor Road was spelt correctly.’

A spokeswoman for Google said: ‘We work very hard to make Google Maps as accurate and helpful as possible for our users, but occasionally there may be small errors.

‘We’re constantly working to improve the quality and accuracy of the information available in Google Maps and encourage users to let us know about any updates that need to be made to our maps.

‘We strive to review these requests and make appropriate changes as quickly as possible.’