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Residents have been forced to travel a mile to collect their post.
Royal Mail are refusing to deliver to an entire Nuneaton street after a postman was threatened with a knife.
Following the ‘serious’ incident in Smithfield Place, residents have been told that they will not have their post delivered for the foreseeable future.
It means that they now have to make the mile long trek to the delivery office in Church Street every day if they want their mail.
This has enraged the local community according to a mum, who did not want to be named.
She said: “I am furious that the whole street has got to go and get their mail because of what has happened.
“I have lived here for eight years and have never had a problem before.
"Normally I just shut my door and then ignore if anything is going on but this is affecting my life now and the lives of others."
She said that she has missed an important hospital appointment because she did not get her post on time.
“People just can’t get down there every day, especially if they work or they are disabled," she said.
"It is not fair that we are all being punished for this.”
Speaking about the incident on Saturday, September 8 she said: “It was 7.30am on the Saturday morning, I was looking forward to having a lie-in, not to be woken by eight police cars and a riot van.
“The poor young Royal Mail lad, who had been threatened with a knife and had his mail bag stolen, looked as white as a sheet, it must have been awful for him.”
What Royal Mail said
A Royal Mail spokesperson said that they have to put the safety of staff first and will re-start deliveries as soon as they are able to do so.
"We can confirm that our postman was threatened by a member of the public whilst delivering to a block of flats in Nuneaton on Saturday 8 September,” the spokesperson said.
“The person was arrested by the police and subsequently released on bail.
"The safety of our people is of paramount importance to Royal Mail so regrettably, we have had to suspend deliveries to the flats until we can ensure that it is safe to deliver to these addresses.
"We apologise to affected customers and have informed them how they can continue to receive their mail in the meantime.
"If they are unable to collect their mail in person from Nuneaton delivery office, which is about one mile away, they can arrange for it to be delivered to an alternative address in the area or collected by someone else on their behalf."
The spokesperson concluded: "We continue to work with local police and will resume deliveries as soon as it is safe to do so."