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Village faces post office closure

A Leicestershire community has been left in confusion after its post office closed with just four days notice.

Staff and customers of the Anstey branch said were they only told on Friday it would close after Monday.

Post Office Ltd apologised but said the move was down to "circumstances beyond our control" and it would work to resolve the problem.

Residents said they were worried at the loss of services in the village and the distance to other branches.

Community concerns

John Sutherington, from Charnwood Borough Council, said he had no idea why the branch had closed.

"I have no idea why this had come upon us so quickly, it is very odd.

"People are rightly concerned that they will have to travel into Leicester to access post office services."

A Post Office statement said: "Unfortunately Anstey Post Office, which is being run by a temporary subpostmaster, will close at the end of business on Monday due to circumstances beyond our control.

"We would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience. We're working hard to reinstate Post Office services as quickly as possible."

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