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Sunday, 3 May, 1998, 03:26 GMT 04:26 UK
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The missing items are being sent to the recipients along with letters of apology
More than 15,000 items of post dating back 11 years have been recovered by the Royal Mail.

Cash is said to have been stolen from many of the letters and parcels, according to Royal Mail officials.

A spokesman said it was a "staggering" amount of mail to have gone missing. Christmas and birthday cards appear to have been targeted.

A member of staff from the Daventry Sorting Office, Northamptonshire, has been dismissed for wilfully delaying mail and for theft.

Royal Mail refused to say where the missing post was found but confirmed they were re-assessing security measures.

Police have been called in to investigate the matter.

Most of the addressees were in the Daventry area and the Royal Mail is now setting about ensuring the post is finally delivered along with letters of apology.

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