EVERYONE has off days at work but – as we report today – one Santa’s alleged blunder has left a family furious and three youngsters in floods of tears.

Mum Wendy Kennett said her visit to a Nuneham Courtenay garden centre was the “worst day of her life” thanks to the man in red.

In what appears to be a misguided attempt to explain good and evil, he appeared to inappropriately bring up a recent school shooting in Connecticut.

He allegedly told children aged six to 10: “Well there are bad people in the world and bad things happen, like what happened to those children in America.”

He is then said to have inexplicably told a 10-year-old that Santa was not real, destroying a key part of his childhood experience of Christmas.

Notcutts acted appropriately for removing this Santa and cannot bear any of the responsibility for such thoughtless words. Let’s hope our county’s youngsters have a trouble-free grotto experience for the rest of the festive period.