Disgraced postman could be charged

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THOUSANDS of undelivered letters and parcels hoarded by a postman have now been sent out to their intended recipients – but it’s thought many have had their contents removed.

A Kirkintilloch postman, who has since resigned from his position, is expected to be charged once an investigation has been completed.

A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “Those customers affected by this incident will now have received a covering letter explaining the delay and telling them who to contact should they require further information. Royal Mail security continues to investigate the matter.

“It is a criminal offence to tamper with or delay the delivery of mail and anyone caught doing so will face serious disciplinary measures.Royal Mail will always seek to prosecute the tiny minority of people who abuse their position of trust.”

Meanwhile, the Herald has continued to be inundated with calls from those who have lost out.

Chris Kelly, from Kirkintilloch, was devastated when he lost his mobile phone last year, which contained hundreds of photographs, private messages and diary entries.

He was delighted when a good samaritan contacted him to say he had found it and would post it to him - but it never arrived.

He said: “I couldn’t believe the kindness of this absolute stranger to take care of my phone, go out of his way to contact me and to spend his own money returning it to me.

“However, the phone never arrived and I chalked the experience up to miscommunication between us and it going to the wrong address, or something along those lines.

“Imagine the bittersweet taste in my mouth when I received a torn up empty envelope from Royal Mail recently, complete with a letter which made no mention of the recent discovery of the missing mail.”

The Herald has received numerous calls from readers about missing mail.

Last week we told how a Kirkintilloch pensioner received a birthday card for her late husband, 17 months after he passed away.

* Have you been affected? Contact the Herald on 0141 775 0040 or e-mail kirkyherald@jnscotland.co.uk