AN ENTIRE town has been left stunned after letters and parcels from as far back as 2008 have started coming through people’s doors after they were apparently discovered in the home of a former Royal Mail employee.

People across Wantage and the neighbouring village of Grove have reported getting post in the past two weeks which they were supposed to receive 13 years ago.

While some of it was just bills, some people have got letters for cervical screenings, birthday cards with cash inside, tax reminders and items like a PC game, DVDs and catalogues.

One woman said she received a cheque for £151, while another woman, whose mother passed away several years ago, received a handmade wedding anniversary card from her. 

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In a letter to one of the victims, Paul Leishman, operations manager for Thames Valley Oxford, apologised for the 'significant' delay and confirmed that the post was recovered from the home of a former employee.

Mr Leishman added: "I would like to offer my sincere apologies for any inconvenience or distress you may experience as a result of receiving this mail after such a long time.

"I am very sorry we have let you down on this occasion and I hope you will accept my apologies for any concerns this incident may cause."

It is still unclear who this ex-employee is and whether Royal Mail has plans to take legal action around the case.

It is also unknown how the Thames Valley officers discovered the bags filled with old mail in their home.

However, Mr Leishman said Royal Mail had taken this delay 'very seriously'.

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Another resident, Andrew Clements, said he had also received post from 2008 and said: “This is absolutely disgusting.

"So what is the crap excuse as to why it took so long?

"They should of been delivered ages ago."

Many people in Wantage and Grove took to social media to share their anger with Royal Mail.

The bizarre incident also comes after ‘disappointing’ service over the last year as Royal Mail depots across Oxfordshire struggled to deliver post on time during the Covid-19 crisis.

Carl Pitson said he had not been receiving diabetes medication on time, with nearly disastrous results.

He said: "I waited more than three weeks for them to deliver them but it was too late.

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"I ended up in the intensive care unit on Friday night last week, so I am lucky to to be still alive.

"I am still waiting on other medication to be delivered that was ordered weeks ago."

The problem worsened so much during the third national lockdown that Wantage MP David Johnston was forced to raise it in Parliament in March.

When asked by this newspaper if there are still lengthy delays, many people complained of slow service and weeks of wait for post.

The Oxford Mail contacted Royal Mail for a comment on the discovery.

Did you receive one of the letters?

"Are you among the many Wantage residents who received mail from 2008? Send in pictures or a description of what you received."

We asked for your responses - this is what you sent.

Diana Steptoe

What did you receive?
A handmade anniversary card from my mum who passed away 2 years ago and this year is our 25 wedding anniversary 😊