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One Carnkie resident was left without important documents following the death of his father
A rogue postman is out of a job after he was caught dumping mail in a river by a local fisherman.
Residents living in Carnkie, near Redruth, have noticed large volumes of missing mail over the past few months and, after making some enquiries, local man Paul Mathews was told that the culprit was caught red-handed.
Paul said: “I’ve had suspicions for a few months. I’ve been dealing with the death of my father and there was a lot of time sensitive and very important mail which wasn’t finding its way to me.
“I went to Redruth Post Office, gave them my address, told them stuff was missing and all of a sudden the manager appeared and told me what was going on.
“He told me that they were having issues and a postman was dumping mail off a bridge into the water, but didn’t check who was underneath it where there was a fisherman.”
Mr Mathews also claimed that the postman had driven his van inappropriately around the village and almost ran him over a few weeks ago.
He added: “We had two cheques regarding Premium Bonds in February that never turned up. We would never have known if I didn’t check online.
“I spoke to friends and neighbours and when I told them what had happened it was like a lightbulb moment, ‘oh yeah we didn’t get this’ and ‘we didn’t get that’.”
Mr Mathews said that he recently received six clear plastic envelopes containing his soggy mail.
He said: “It’s annoyed me because he was in a position of trust and dealing with sensitive stuff.
“I’ve had to speak to everyone I’ve had correspondence with following dad’s passing to try and work out what I’ve had and what I haven’t. I also have a friend in the village who is a farmer who hasn’t received any of his bills.”
A Royal Mail spokesperson confirmed the employee in question was no longer with the business.
He said: "Royal Mail has a zero-tolerance approach to any dishonesty and the safety and security of mail is of the utmost importance to this business.
"It is a criminal offence to tamper with or delay the delivery of mail and anyone caught doing so will face serious disciplinary measures. Royal Mail will always seek to prosecute the tiny minority of people who abuse their position of trust.
“Any customers who are concerned about their mail can contact our Customer Service team via our website http://www.royalmail.com
, on Twitter @RoyalMail, or by phoning 03457 740 740.”
It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the postman will be prosecuted.