1. ITV Report

Royal Mail bans deliveries to estate because of dangerous paving stones

The broken paving slab which caused postman to fall and injure himself Photo: ITV Central News

Dozens of homes on an estate in Staffordshire have had their mail deliveries suspended after a postman was injured in a fall.

Royal Mail says some public pathways to houses in Penkridge are unsafe and called the suspension a 'last resort'.

“We deliver to almost 29 million addresses so it is always a last resort if we decide not to deliver to a specific area. We would only make such a decision if the safety of our postmen and women was at risk.

– Royal Mail spokesperson

The suspension of services means residents have to go to the Royal Mail depot in Stafford for their post. That’s a round-trip of 14 miles.

Locals say it is a 'nightmare'.

Residents say part of the problem is that the faulty walkways are not adopted by the council.

So it appears to be up to home owners to make them safe.

But Becky Prince questions the fairness of this. She says: "I don't actually own my home. I rent it. So I don't see why I should."

Nick Owen who lives nearby says he hopes to seek a resolution with Royal Mail.

A Royal Mail spokesperson said:

“We deliver to almost 29 million addresses so it is always a last resort if we decide not to deliver to a specific area. We would only make such a decision if the safety of our postmen and women was at risk.

In this particular case, we have reluctantly decided to temporarily suspend deliveries to a number of addresses on Elm Walk and Grange Road.

This is because our postman sustained a serious injury due to a dangerously uneven footpath in the area which is in a very poor state of repair.

This is far from being a trivial matter and we will not compromise on the safety of our colleagues"

The full report by Keith Wilkinson: