A postman has been sacked after nearly 5,000 undelivered items of mail were found at an address in Dorset.
Royal Mail officials went to the postal worker's home after a member of the public tipped them off to mail found dumped in Bournemouth.
They found nearly 5,000 items of post and the worker, who handled mail at the Winton delivery office, was dismissed.
The Royal Mail said it had apologised to customers and is preparing a prosecution case against the employee.
Richard Hall, spokesman for Royal Mail, said: "The handler has been dismissed and we're currently preparing papers to go to our solicitor's office to take out a prosecution.
"All of the mail that was recovered has now been sent to the appropriate customers with a letter of apology.
"We have a zero tolerance approach to any dishonesty and the Royal Mail's stance is shared by the overwhelming majority of postmen and women, who are honest and hard-working and who do all they can to protect the mail and keep it safe.
"Where there is sufficient evidence, we always prosecute."