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'Overworked' postman hoarded mail

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Two vans were needed to remove mail hoarded by the Scotsman

A Scotsman employed in Germany as a postal worker hoarded or disposed of at least 20,000 letters he was meant to have delivered, police say.

The postman in Frankfurt told police he had fallen behind with the deliveries because of his part-time studies and felt too "overtaxed" to catch up.

He was caught after a neighbour spotted him trying to dispose of undelivered letters and packages in the rubbish.

He led police to a vast stash of unopened mail in his flat and basement.

The hoard was stored in sacks and boxes and in some cases, under his mattress.

Two vans were required to remove the mail, which police say he had been collecting since August 2007.

"The 23-year-old had not opened any of the letters but simply stored them so he would not have to deliver them," a local police statement said.

Among the unopened letters were several addressed to the man himself, police said.

The man, who is originally from Edinburgh, now faces possible charges of theft and misappropriation of mail.

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