Unsolved: mystery of village’s missing post box continues weeks after disappearance

Bournemouth Echo: CRIME SCENE: The road where the red postbox was stolen CRIME SCENE: The road where the red postbox was stolen

THE mystery of a missing post box in a Christchurch village is no closer to being solved with ongoing confusion about what happened to it.

The red post box in Martins Hill Lane in Burton has been missing for weeks, leading to questions from Burton Parish Council about its whereabouts.

The matter was brought to the parish council’s attention by a resident, who had been told the post box would be replaced “shortly”.

But in an email to Burton Parish Council’s clerk, Trish Jamieson, Royal Mail said the post box had been removed by them but will not be replaced.

They told Cllr Jamieson that the decision was taken due to 18 boxes being stolen in the area recently, with some of the replacements being taken immediately after they were put back.

Frustrated with the lack of information and ongoing confusion, the parish council asked Royal Mail to clarify where the 18 boxes were taken from, as they were not aware of any thefts in the village.

They have not had a response.

In a statement to the Daily Echo, a spokesperson for Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail can confirm that the postbox at Martin’s Hill Lane was stolen. “We would like to apologise to local residents for any inconvenience. “Alternative posting facilities are located at Burton Post Office on Salisbury Road and at Staple Cross.”

Confusingly, they also said they have not made a decision over replacing the box yet.

Chairman of Burton Parish Council, Judy Jamieson said: “It seems rather strange that the parish council have been told one thing and the press another.

“We are concerned that if the Royal Mail is going to remove a post box, no consultation has been done with any of the residents or indeed the parish council.”

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12:04pm Wed 28 May 14

djd says...

There are plenty for sale on E bay.
There are plenty for sale on E bay. djd
  • Score: 12

12:19pm Wed 28 May 14

High Treason says...

Guess who is stealing them?
Guess who is stealing them? High Treason
  • Score: 6

12:37pm Wed 28 May 14

BIGTONE says...

Vanished into thin air....mail...
Vanished into thin air....mail... BIGTONE
  • Score: -6

3:17pm Wed 28 May 14

GeorgeW64 says...

Scrap metal, eastern Europeans, mystery solved.
Scrap metal, eastern Europeans, mystery solved. GeorgeW64
  • Score: 7

3:52pm Wed 28 May 14

breamoreboy says...

What is this mysterious thing called a "post box"?
What is this mysterious thing called a "post box"? breamoreboy
  • Score: -7

6:15pm Wed 28 May 14

Yankee1 says...

Royal Mail is now a private company, and no longer a public service. It has no reason to hod any regard for a community. Even the US Post Office is regarded as a public service in the most capitalist country in the world. It loses money, but somehow it staggers on..................
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Blame DaveCam and his ilk for that. Selling the family silver, cheap. Very cheap. A bargain to the sharks who snapped it up.
Royal Mail is now a private company, and no longer a public service. It has no reason to hod any regard for a community. Even the US Post Office is regarded as a public service in the most capitalist country in the world. It loses money, but somehow it staggers on.................. ..... Blame DaveCam and his ilk for that. Selling the family silver, cheap. Very cheap. A bargain to the sharks who snapped it up. Yankee1
  • Score: 3

9:08pm Wed 28 May 14

Huey says...

Yankee1 wrote:
Royal Mail is now a private company, and no longer a public service. It has no reason to hod any regard for a community. Even the US Post Office is regarded as a public service in the most capitalist country in the world. It loses money, but somehow it staggers on..................

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Blame DaveCam and his ilk for that. Selling the family silver, cheap. Very cheap. A bargain to the sharks who snapped it up.
I have never trusted the Royal Mail since seeing that undercover reporter showing the sorting staff kicking parcels like footballs and stealing what they wished. Even those not directly involved turned a blind eye.
It has been going on for years and years.
[quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: Royal Mail is now a private company, and no longer a public service. It has no reason to hod any regard for a community. Even the US Post Office is regarded as a public service in the most capitalist country in the world. It loses money, but somehow it staggers on.................. ..... Blame DaveCam and his ilk for that. Selling the family silver, cheap. Very cheap. A bargain to the sharks who snapped it up.[/p][/quote]I have never trusted the Royal Mail since seeing that undercover reporter showing the sorting staff kicking parcels like footballs and stealing what they wished. Even those not directly involved turned a blind eye. It has been going on for years and years. Huey
  • Score: 0

9:49am Thu 29 May 14

topofall says...

Huey wrote:
Yankee1 wrote:
Royal Mail is now a private company, and no longer a public service. It has no reason to hod any regard for a community. Even the US Post Office is regarded as a public service in the most capitalist country in the world. It loses money, but somehow it staggers on..................


.....

Blame DaveCam and his ilk for that. Selling the family silver, cheap. Very cheap. A bargain to the sharks who snapped it up.
I have never trusted the Royal Mail since seeing that undercover reporter showing the sorting staff kicking parcels like footballs and stealing what they wished. Even those not directly involved turned a blind eye.
It has been going on for years and years.
I think you should edit your post as it was UK mail staff not the Royal Mail that were caught on video kicking mail around!
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yankee1[/bold] wrote: Royal Mail is now a private company, and no longer a public service. It has no reason to hod any regard for a community. Even the US Post Office is regarded as a public service in the most capitalist country in the world. It loses money, but somehow it staggers on.................. ..... Blame DaveCam and his ilk for that. Selling the family silver, cheap. Very cheap. A bargain to the sharks who snapped it up.[/p][/quote]I have never trusted the Royal Mail since seeing that undercover reporter showing the sorting staff kicking parcels like footballs and stealing what they wished. Even those not directly involved turned a blind eye. It has been going on for years and years.[/p][/quote]I think you should edit your post as it was UK mail staff not the Royal Mail that were caught on video kicking mail around! topofall
  • Score: 2

11:48pm Fri 30 May 14

ashleycross says...

Shouldn't the constabulary be taking a firmer line on this. Surely the laws passed to stop highwaymen from interfering with the mail could be shown to the local magistrates and the perpetrators thrown into a dungeon?
Shouldn't the constabulary be taking a firmer line on this. Surely the laws passed to stop highwaymen from interfering with the mail could be shown to the local magistrates and the perpetrators thrown into a dungeon? ashleycross
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