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Royal Mail promises to redeliver dumped Walthamstow post ‘as soon as possible’

At least three mailbags full of letters for E17 have been found binned on an Enfield estate

By Victoria Munro

Kettering Road Estate and (inset) a mailbag found dumped

The Royal Mail employee who allegedly dumped multiple full mailbags addressed to E17 households has now “left the business”, according to a spokesperson.

Royal Mail has promised to redeliver the recovered post “as soon as possible” after it was found in a communal bin on the Kettering Road Estate.

Estate resident Mark Bellas told Echo sister site Enfield Dispatch that, as of 4th January, at least seven mailbags have been found on the estate, three of which contain post for E17.

However, it is understood that three of the recovered mailbags were previously incinerated.

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A Royal Mail spokesperson told the Echo: “The security of customers’ mail is a high priority for Royal Mail. 

“We have investigated this incident and identified an employee who was behaving in an unacceptable manner; the employee has left the business.  

“We are working hard to make sure that all affected post is redelivered as soon as possible.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this incident.”

Mark previously told the Dispatch: “I made a complaint to Royal Mail and they have not bothered to respond. Some of the post is from the NHS and says ‘private and confidential’.

“Two caretakers from the estate have reported it to Royal Mail as well but were told there was ‘nothing they could do’.”

Postal workers belonging to the Communication Workers Union have been taking industrial action in recent weeks, walking out before Christmas in a dispute over pay, which has lead to long delays in deliveries and backlogs going into the new year.

Regardless of the strikes, Mark said: “You can’t just throw away sacks of mail.”

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