A corrupt Derbyshire postal worker tampered with over 3,300 letters and parcels in just one year, it can be revealed.
The figures, uncovered by a freedom of information request, show from June 2010 to June 2012 four Royal Mail staff were responsible for withholding 4,323 items of mail - a staggering 3,327 of them by one postie alone.
During the three years one worker was prosecuted and three given formal cautions.
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’.
The company would not reveal the sex of the four postal workers concerned or where they operated from due to data protection laws, but said one staff member was dismissed and three resigned.
In June 2010/11 Royal Mail recovered 778 mail items from one rogue worker and 59 from another.
In 2011/12 the company recovered 3,319 door-to-door items and eight mail items from one postie and 51 mail items and 108 door-to-door items from another.
A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “It is a criminal offence to tamper with or delay the delivery of mail and anyone caught doing so will face serious disciplinary measures and Royal Mail will always seek to prosecute the tiny minority of people who abuse their position of trust.
“Royal Mail will not allow the actions of any individual to damage the good reputation of our thousands of hard-working postmen and women.”