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Postal workers to report crimes in trial scheme

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Postal workers will be asked to report low-level crime or suspicious incidents to the police under a new trial scheme.

Royal Mail said more than 130 postmen and women in Winchester, Hampshire, will take part in the Mail Watch initiative.

Tony Marsh, director of security at Royal Mail, said:

Royal Mail postmen and women collect and deliver mail six days a week and have almost-unrivalled knowledge of the communities they serve.

We are proud to be formalising our working relationship with Hampshire Constabulary and Neighbourhood Watch through the launch of this important initiative, and look forward to playing our part in creating a safer community.

– Tony Marsh

Slaughter bosses admit 'dressing up goat' as British lamb

Two of the bosses of a slaughterhouse have admitted mislabelling meat for sale in the UK which was "dressed up goat from abroad as British lamb". Food inspectors found "large amounts" of goat meat falsely labelled as lamb at Farmbox Meats near Aberystwyth in Wales at the height of the horse meat scandal, a court heard.

Slaughter bosses admit 'dressing up goat' as British lamb. Credit: PA

The company's owner Dafydd Raw-Rees, 67, and manager Colin Patterson, 44, were due to stand trial at London's Southwark Crown Court but pleaded guilty to falsely describing food and failing to comply with food traceability requirements. Patterson was given a 12-week sentence suspended for two years, while Raws-Rees received a two-year conditional discharge. No charges were brought against the pair in relation to horse meat.

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