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'Too dangerous': the house a postman refuses to deliver to in the mornings

A pensioner from Hungerford has criticised Royal Mail after a postman stopped delivering his letters in the morning, saying it is too dangerous to cross the road.

The mail now arrives at the house in Great Shefford in the afternoon - when the postman is on his way back from his round and can park directly outside the property. Royal Mail insist they are within their requirements to deliver the mail by 3:30pm.

Customer Roy Bailey speaks to ITV News Meridian in the video below.

Man exposes himself to pensioner

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a man exposed himself in Hungerford.

At 9.45am on Tuesday (13/8), a woman in her seventies was walking her dogs on Hungerford Common, when she saw a man exposing himself in the bushes.

The offender was standing opposite the bridge that the canal passes under.

The offender is a white man, in his forties and about 6ft. He was wearing a blue t-shirt, had short brown wavy hair and dark thick rimmed glasses.

PC Jen Banfield from Newbury police station said: “We would particularly like to speak to a lady who spoke to the victim after the incident.”

If you can help, please contact PC Banfield via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.


Train death causes chaos on railways

A death in West Berkshire looks to lead to rush hour chaos at First Great Western during the rush hour tonight.

It is understood that the incident is on the main line at Hungerford.

The death was reported within the last few minutes and passengers at Reading are warned to expect delays.

The line links London with Reading, Newbury and the west.

Burst water mains affects 200 homes

Thames Water says it's working hard to repair two burst water mains in the Hungerford area – in Ermin Street and Wantage Road.

The ruptures have affected the water supply to around 200 homes.

Bottled water is available at nearby Shefford Woodlands and members of our team will very soon be out speaking to affected residents to keep them updated.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.

– Thames Water spokesperson


  1. Penny Silvester

Tutti Day marks the end of the financial year

Tutti Day is an old tradition linked to marking the end of the financial year. Hungerford in Berkshire is the only place in the UK where people still dress up for the occasion.

On the second Tuesday after Easter 'Tutti Men' would visit each household and collect a 'head penny' from each person. Nowadays the 'Tutti men' just collect a kiss. Here's Penny Silvester's report from Tutti Day 2011.

It's Tutti Day today

Two 'Tutti Men' in the Berkshire market town of Hungerford will be collecting kisses today from each lady of the houses they visit for Tutti Day today.

It is thought the celebration dates back to medieval times when 'Tutti men' would collect the 'head penny' from each householder on the second Tuesday after Easter. The tradition of dressing up and visiting around 100 properties with 'common rights' is linked to the end of the financial year.