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Postman charged with letter theft
A postman has been charged with stealing more than 130,000 undelivered letters and leaflets dating as far back as five years, Royal Mail said today.

Nick Fryer was arrested in June after 116,000 leaflets and 17,000 letters were found at an address in Kidsgrove.

Royal Mail sacked the 31-year-old, who was based at Kidsgrove delivery office, after an internal investigation.

Mr Fryer, who lives in Audley, will appear before North Staffs Magistrates Court, Stoke-on-Trent, on 27 July.

He is charged with two counts of theft and one of false accounting. The latter charge relates to the leaflets.

Postmen who agree to deliver them on top of their usual loads receive extra money.

Attempts were made to deliver the items after they were found along with letters of apology for the "excessive delay".

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "Royal Mail takes the security of customers' mail very seriously.

"We operate a zero-tolerance policy towards the mistreatment of mail and will take all appropriate action."

Efforts are being made to contact the people who sent them, the Royal Mail says.

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