Royal Mail prepare for its busiest days of the year ahead of Christmas.
Royal Mail has announced that it is to stop processing post from its Shrewsbury sorting office.
For almost 10 years Margaret Froggatt has been sending letters to her family in Australia, only to have them delivered to Buckinghamshire.
The Royal Mail have suspended delivering mail to two roads in Stoke-on-Trent as they have deemed the pavements there too dangerous for their postmen to walk down.
The Royal Mail have suspended the delivery of mail in two roads in Stoke-on-Trent.
They say they had raised their concerns to residents as the local authority state that the responsibility for the pavements laid with the residents.
They have released this statement:
"It is always a last resort if we decide to temporarily suspend deliveries in a particular location."
"In this particular case, we have temporarily suspended deliveries to addresses in Maryfield Walk and Rogerstone Avenue area of Penkhull, Stoke on Trent, because of the very poor state of the pavements in the area."
"We previously raised our concerns with residents about the safety risk posed, having been informed by the local authority that the maintenance of the pavements was the responsibility of the residents, but to date these haven’t been addressed."
"We carried out a further risk assessment last week and the paving clearly posed a safety risk. We have a duty of care to our postmen and women, we are not prepared to compromise on the safety of our colleagues."
– Val Bodden, Royal Mail spokesperson
"Their mail is currently being made available for them to collect from the delivery office in Stoke-on-Trent."
Residents in Stoke-on-Trent are being forced to travel three miles to collect their post because uneven slabs outside their homes are considered a safety risk. The Royal Mail has suspended deliveries to two roads in Penkhull after raising concerns.
And homeowners are being told because they own the paths they must pay for repairs.
The Royal Mail says it wants to take legal action against owners of dogs that attack its postal workers. 200 postmen and women were attacked in the West Midlands between April last year and this year.
The move follows a report by a former high court judge which recomends tougher legal sanctions against owners of dangerous dogs.
The Royal Mail has confirmed plans to close its Shrewsbury sorting office. It is thought as many as 240 jobs are now at risk. More to follow.
The Royal Mail has painted a post box, in Ellie Simmonds' home town of Walsall, gold to celebrate her gold medal win in the Paralympic Women's 400m Freestyle S6 final.
The finishing touches are being put on a postbox in the village of Lowdham near Nottingham, celebrating Richard Whitehead's success at the Paralympic Games yesterday. Richard won the gold medal in yesterday's (1 September) Track Men's 200 metre final.