Royal Mail apologises after Toto eats the Tin Man’s autograph

An autograph collector lost two celebrity autographs after his dog ripped them up when the postman put them through the letter box rather than asking for a signature.

Bryan Garner, 38, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, was expecting the delivery of a “rare” signed autograph from famous Superman actor Christopher Reeve.

The item was supposed to be delivered via Royal Mail’s Signed For service, which means its should have been signed for, rather than posted through the letter box.

However when it arrived on Tuesday, February 6, he said the postman signed for it, rather than knocking on the door to collect a signature, and put it through the letter box.

This meant his small pet dog called Toto reached the mail before his wife and tore up the autograph, which he estimates was “easily worth a couple of hundred pounds”.

Royal Mail announces 2018 stamp price rise

The price of a First Class stamp will increase from 65p to 67p, a 3.05% price rise. A Second Class stamp will go from 56p to 58p, a 3.57% increase.

A large letter First Class stamp meanwhile, will rise by 3p to £1.01 (a 3.06% increase). A large letter Second Class Stamp will rise by 3p to 79p (a 3.9% increase).

In monetary terms, all these increases appear small, but they’re higher than the rate of inflation. This will be of most concern to regular postal users and small businesses that rely on Royal Mail to send important documents and packages.

However, one way to get around the increase is to buy stamps before prices rise on 26 March, as they will still be valid for use even if they were purchased at the cheaper price.

Royal Mail to recruit 20,000 Christmas helpers

The temporary recruits will help to sort Christmas cards and parcels and online shopping orders before they are taken to around 1,400 delivery offices

Royal Mail is seeking to employ 20,000 temporary workers to help sort the Christmas post and manage an increasing amount of online Christmas shopping, the company has said.

The roles are temporary, with contracts running from late October through to early January next year, with the most work available in December.

Post Master Drives 550 Miles to Deliver Letter.

A village postmaster travelled 550 miles to personally deliver a letter in time for the next day, because he had forgotten to put it in the last post.

The letter contained the passport of a friend of the sender, who had paid for a guaranteed next-day delivery so that it would be in his hands by 9am.

But David Shepherd had neglected to process the envelope and only realised at the close of the working day that it had not been picked up in time to be delivered as promised.

So he shut up shop and undertook what would be a long and complex overnight journey from Cornwall to East Sussex, involving a car journey and four separate rail and tube journeys, so that he could fulfil the Royal Mail’s guarantee.

Postie puts parcel through window into a toilet

A shocked sports journalist got home to find a parcel which was posted through his window had landed in his toilet.

Sam Cooke, 22, from Manchester, arrived at his house to find two cards on his doormat.

One said the parcel had been put through an open window. The second read: “I’m really sorry I think your parcel might have fallen down the toilet…Accidently (sic)”.

Thankfully, the box, containing printer ink, was “too wide to hit the water”.

Pictures of the apologetic postie’s cards and box in the loo have been shared thousands of times on Twitter since Mr Cooke posted them on Twitter.

Royal Mail has apologised but Mr Cooke didn’t kick up a stink.

He said: “There’s honestly nothing to apologise for, the parcel is absolutely fine, gave me and thousands of others a good laugh.”

Though he has said he will keep the window closed in future.

Price of stamps to rise in March

The prices of first and second class stamps are to rise by 1p from 27 March, Royal Mail has announced.

It will take the price of a first class stamp to 65p, and second class to 56p.

Royal Mail said the price rises were necessary to maintain the universal service - the principle that it delivers letters across the whole of the UK for the same price.

A stamp for large first class letter will rise by 2p to 98p. A large second class letter will go up by 1p to 76p.

The increases are in line with the rise in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI), which rose by 1.8% in the year to January.

Southampton fans paint post boxes with stripes

Southampton football fans have celebrated their team reaching the EFL Cup final by painting the city’s post boxes in the club’s famous stripes.

Two red post boxes have been given white stripes to match the Saints’ colours since Wednesday’s semi-final win over Liverpool at Anfield.

The makeovers have been met with support by local business owners and residents who called it a “fun” change.

But Royal Mail said it planned to remove the stripes as soon as possible.

The post box painted with Saints stripes in Bargate

It’s a mystery..! Royal Mail issues Special Stamps to mark the novels of the ‘Queen of Crime’, Agatha Christie

  • A new set of six Special Stamps marks the timeless characters and absorbing mysteries of ‘The Queen of Crime’, Agatha Christie
  • In a twist befitting the genre itself, the stamps feature hidden elements, relating to key scenes and principal characters. Amateur sleuths can find them using UV light, body heat and good old fashioned detective work – preferably with a magnifying glass. While not the first time Royal Mail has used these design features on its stamps, it is the first time all three have been combined in a single stamp set
  • Royal Mail has also created a 3D animated version of the artwork on The Mysterious Affair at Styles stamp
  • 2016 marks the centenary of Agatha Christie writing her first detective story - The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in which she introduced the much loved character of Hercule Poirot  to the world
  • The stamps represent some of her greatest novels. Included in the set are: Murder on the Orient Express, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and A Murder is Announced
  • Christie is the biggest selling novelist of all time
  • The stamps were designed by hat-trick design company co-founder, Jim Sutherland
  • Royal Mail will provide a special handstamp on all mail posted in a postbox in Agatha Christie’s town of birth, Torquay. Mail posted in the box, sited at the junction of Torwood Gardens Road and Babbacombe Road (A379), will have a special handstamp applied for five days from 15-19 September, 2016

‘Too Friendly’ Village Postie Sacked by Royal Mail

A friendly postman whose habit of stopping to chat with everyone on his round got him the sack has won a last minute reprieve.

Richard Kemp was due to be replaced after 25 years after the Royal Mail took exception to his refusal to speed up deliveries.

Speaking after the decision was announced, Mr Kemp said after hearing of the decision: “My heart has been ripped out.”

However, loyal residents in the village of Kentisbeare, Devon, launched a last-ditch campaign to save the 48-year-old.

and started A Facebook petition started as news of his impending departure spread was signed by more than half the village’s 950 residents.

It prompted an unusual climb-down from Royal Mail, with a spokesman conceding: “Mr Kemp is staying on his original round in Kentisbeare.”

Royal Mail could ban deliveries to couple with ‘hazardous’ cat

A couple have been told to restrain their cat or risk the Royal Mail suspending deliveries to their house.

Matthew Sampson and Laura Lowe received a letter from Royal Mail warning of a “potential hazard affecting mail deliveries” at their home in Patchway, near Bristol.

The letter says the postal service has been “experiencing difficulties in delivering mail” to the address “becuase of the actions of a cat”.

It goes on to say the couple’s postman reported that when he posts their mail, their cat “snatches the mail and puts his fingers at risk of injury”.