Royal Mail has issued a statement after Kat Copeland's gold post box in Ingleby Barwick was vandalised:
“We are extremely disappointed that someone has chosen to vandalise the gold post box painted to recognise the gold medal winning achievement of Katherine Copeland. We have teams around the UK which look after and maintain our 115,000 post boxes and we will repair the damage to this box in the next few hours.”
A post box on Teesside has been painted gold in celebration of Kat Copeland's Olympic gold medal success
Rowing pair Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking won a gold medal in the Women's lightweight double sculls
Kat Copeland has become the North East's first Olympic champion at London 2012, winning the lightweight women's double sculls.