Postman spat has residents crying foul

Residents on Rossett Avenue in Mereside have been left shocked by the Post Office's decision to suspend postal deliveries following the shooting of a postman with a BB gun.'Alan and Helen Clark with the letter explaining the suspension of deliveries. PIC BY ROB LOCK'12-8-2013
Residents on Rossett Avenue in Mereside have been left shocked by the Post Office's decision to suspend postal deliveries following the shooting of a postman with a BB gun.'Alan and Helen Clark with the letter explaining the suspension of deliveries. PIC BY ROB LOCK'12-8-2013
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Neighbours on a street where a postman was shot in the face with BB pellets are up in arms over Royal Mail’s suspension of deliveries on their street.

Royal Mail halted deliveries to Rossett Avenue on Blackpool’s Mereside Estate after postman Paul Shermer was shot at by youths wielding a BB gun as he made his rounds on Saturday.

People living on the street received letters from Royal Mail on Monday advising them their post deliveries had been suspended while an investigation was carried out.

Despite the company declaring deliveries should return to normal by today, residents said they were angry at having to make trips to the sorting office on Abingdon Street in the town centre in the mean time.

Tammy Eade, 37, said: “I can’t afford to go to Abingdon Street everyday as I’d have to take my kids with me. But if I don’t pick it up, they will get rid of it after 18 days.

“Why should we be punished for something other kids have done? Everyone is upset and angry about this.”

Helen Clark, 37, added: “It’s a nightmare.”

She said she and her husband, Alan, had been ringing Royal Mail all day on Monday for answers, but hadn’t been able to get through.

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said the incident had left her scared.

The pensioner said: “It’s disgraceful that we should all suffer for one stupid person.

“I am frightened to live here.”

Police are investigating the shooting.

Post should be service as usual from today

A spokesman for Royal Mail said deliveries to Rossett Avenue should resume from today.

The spokesman said: “Our first priority as an employer in such incidents is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people, who provide a valuable service to our customers. Police have investigated the incident and we plan to resume deliveries to affected customers from (Wednesday). We apologise for the inconvenience while this suspension was in place.”

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