‘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.”

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