Royal Mail may ban deliveries over ‘mail snatching’ cat

From the BBC:

A couple have been told to restrain their cat or face having their mail deliveries suspended.

Matthew Sampson was notified by Royal Mail last week of a “potential hazard” at his home in Patchway near Bristol which was “affecting deliveries”.

According to Royal Mail, Bella the cat is a “threat” to staff and has been putting “fingers at risk of injury”.

But owner Matthew Sampson, said he was “shocked” by the notice as he has “never seen her get aggressive”.

In the letter, Royal Mail states it has been “experiencing difficulties in delivering mail” to Mr Sampson’s address “because of the actions of a cat”.

It said the couple’s postman had reported that when he pushes mail through their letterbox their cat “snatches the mail and put his fingers at risk of injury”.

Source: Royal Mail may ban deliveries over ‘mail snatching’ cat – BBC News

Hunt to find men who stabbed worker in leg during ‘traumatic’ Clayhall Post Office robbery

A £10,000 reward is being offered to find two men who stabbed a staff member in the leg during a robbery at the Post Office in Fullwell Avenue, Clayhall.

Two men entered the store and jumped over the counter, where they stole a large amount of cash.

One staff member received a small stab wound in the leg, and two others were assaulted in the robbery, which happened on March 1.

Now a reward of up to £10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the people involved.

Both men are described as black and between 18 and 25 years old.

Read more: Hunt to find men who stabbed worker in leg during ‘traumatic’ Clayhall Post Office robbery – News – Ilford Recorder

ATM thieves used gas canisters to blow up post office in Bristol

This is the shocking scene of devastation left after a village post office was completely obliterated when thieves armed with gas canisters targeted it this morning.

Locals living close to the post office in Shirehampton, Bristol, were woken by a huge bang at around 2.15am today.

The incident was the latest in a series of 20-plus raids on ATMs in the same area in the last year.

Read more: ATM thieves used gas canisters to blow up post office in Bristol

Mail strike in second week in Waterloo, Crosby

From the Liverpool Echo:

THE Royal Mail said it is doing all it can to deliver post in Waterloo and Crosby as a strike by workers continued into a second week.

People living in the L22, L23 and L29 postal codes have suffered from late or non-existent deliveries since Tuesday after a walk-out by staff.

It appears the strike, by members of the Communication Workers Union, has not been officially balloted, making the industrial action illegal.

Mail collections are continuing.

UK: Labour Party leader says Royal Mail should be brought back into public ownership

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has argued for the Royal Mail to be brought back into public ownership and warned that the Post Office is under increasing threat.

He won loud applause from delegates at the annual conference of the Communication Workers Union with a passionate defence of keeping post offices open and defending the universal postal service.

“The best thing would be for Royal Mail and the Post Office to be brought back together in public ownership, not the system of ownership we have at present.”

Mr Corbyn said the Post Office seemed to be under increasing threat, as more branches were franchised, hitting rural communities and access to services for older people as well as terms and conditions of workers.

Postal workers were the “lifeblood” of communities, regarded as a friend, he said, adding: Ïf we lose it and it breaks up and have fewer High Street post offices, we have lost something that pioneers fought for.

Source: Royal Mail should be brought back into public ownership, Jeremy Corbyn says – BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Never mind banking- Finland’s postal workers will mow your lawn

From the BBC:

Finland’s postal service will be doing more than just delivering letters and parcels this summer – its workers will be mowing lawns, too.

The state-owned Posti company is offering a weekly grass cutting service, with customers able to choose either 30 minutes or 60 minutes of lawn-mowing time, the national broadcaster YLE reports.

It will only be available on Tuesdays, though, as the volume of post tends to be lighter than on other days, and customers will have to provide their own lawnmower. They’ll also have to be willing to pay 65 euros a month for the half-hour sessions.

Read more: Finland’s postal workers to mow lawns – BBC News

Robots set to aid postal workers with deliveries in Germany

Germany’s Deutsche Post is testing robots that could help postal workers cope with increasing numbers of parcels on their delivery rounds, a company manager said on Thursday.

“Robots could be used in deliveries in three to five years’ time,” Clemens Beckmann, head of innovation at the group’s parcel and letter division, said in an interview with Reuters. “The technology is there.

“The robots, which look like a table on wheels on which goods can be placed, would follow delivery workers, helping them to transport and carry heavy parcels. If the postie stops walking, the robot stops too, and it only starts again when they move on.

 

 

Source: Robots set to aid postal workers with deliveries in Germany | Reuters

German postal service to build its own electric delivery vans

Dusseldorf (dpa) – The German postal service, Deutsche Post, plans to build its own electric delivery vans, dubbed the Streetscooter, with the first models expected to roll off production lines this year, the company said Saturday.

The first 2,000 vehicles are due to be manufactured in 2016, with the company gradually replacing its fleet of 30,000 delivery vans with the Streetscooter, Deutsche Post said, confirming an earlier report in Germany‘s Focus news magazine.

Streetscooter was founded as a start-up in 2010 as an offshoot from RWTH University in the border city of Aachen.

Deutsche Post took over the company a year and a half ago with the intention of using its know-how to build vehicles for postal deliverers.

Source: German postal service to build its own electric delivery vans | EUROPE ONLINE

Sweden’s stamps are turning rainbow to celebrate Pride

Sweden’s postal service has announced its stamps will be turning rainbow to celebrate LGBT Pride.

PostNord, which is jointly-owned by the Swedish and Danish governments, announced the commemorative rainbow stamps this week.

Per Ljungberg of PostNord Sweden said: “By issuing a stamp with the Pride Flag, we want to emphasise the equal value of all people and the strength represented by people’s unique qualities and differences.

Source: Sweden’s stamps are turning rainbow to celebrate Pride · PinkNews