THE agency which deals with TV licences apologised today after sending a Leeds woman grieving for a close friend a rebate made out to "Mrs D Cremated".
Dorothy Hunter, of Bardsey, applied for the rebate from TV Licensing after her friend Mark Stott died of cancer.
She said she had cared for him in his final months and was the executor of his will.
The cheque for £30.25 arrived this week to cover the period between Mr Stott's death and the expiration of his licence.
But the name printed on it was "Mrs D Cremated".
Mrs Hunter told the paper: "It was a shock. I could not believe it when I saw the name on the envelope."
She added: "This should have been caught before it was even sent out in the post."
To apply for the rebate, Mrs Hunter enclosed her friend's death certificate, which contained the word "cremated", with the claim form.
TV Licensing has apologised for the mistake, which it attributes to an operator error.