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Royal Mail takes 19 years to deliver post to Shrewsbury

Royal Mail post box
Royal Mail said the post had finally been delivered

People living in three streets in Shropshire have finally had their post delivered 19 years after it was sent.

Royal Mail apologised and said the delay had affected some Shrewsbury residents in Eastwood Drive, Westwood Drive and Eldon Road in The Mount.

It would not confirm how many homes had been affected but said the post had been found by Royal Mail staff in an empty house that was being renovated.

It said due to the time lapse it was unable to find out what had happened.

'Quite impressed'

Included within the late mail was a colour TV licence for 1991 that cost £76 as well as Keith Willocks' pay slip.

Mr Willocks said: "The post is stamp dated 15 February 1991. I was quite impressed with that, but I didn't miss it. The Royal Mail has apologised for the condition of the letter and for the delay."

A spokesman for the Royal Mail Group said: "We have made enquiries to try and establish how the mail came to be in the property but after the length of time that has elapsed this has proved very difficult.

"Royal Mail has a zero tolerance approach to any dishonesty and that stance is shared by the overwhelming majority of postmen and women, who are honest and hardworking and who do all they can to protect the mail and deliver it safely."

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