Rogue postmen are to blame for an average of 60,000 letters going missing in South Yorkshire every year for the last three years, The Star can reveal today.
Since 2010 dishonest postal workers have withheld 180,000 items of mail – a staggering 86,000 of them by one postie alone.
A total of 22 Royal Mail staff have faced criminal proceedings during the three-year period.
The figures have been uncovered by The Star’s Your Right To Know campaign.
One grandmother claims stolen mail has left her with a £50,000 legal bill after a key piece of mail was never delivered.
Mary Banks, of Handsworth, Sheffield, said: “It has been a nightmare.”
A Royal Mail spokesman said they had a zero tolerance approach to dishonesty and praised the ‘overwhelming majority’ of postmen and women ‘who do all they can to protect the mail and deliver it safely’.