Page last updated at 12:41 GMT, Monday, 12 January 2009

North postcodes removed in error

Postal worker's mail bag
Royal Mail said properties were only removed if they no longer existed

Royal Mail has said some addresses in the Highlands were removed from its postcode database in error.

It said it was an "isolated local mistake" that was being rectified.

Some of those removed were understood to be for holiday homes in small communities, including Applecross in Wester Ross and on Raasay, near Skye.

Royal Mail said the only properties that should be removed were those that no longer existed, were not accessible, or had been abandoned.

A spokesperson said: "Royal Mail does not have a policy to remove addresses not in full time permanent occupation, including holiday homes, from the Postcode Address File.

"The only addresses removed by Royal Mail are those which no longer exist, or which are no longer physically accessible or which are obviously completely unoccupied and abandoned."

The company said there was no evidence of wider problems beyond those in the Highlands.

Print Sponsor


RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific