A postal worker from Sutton who was responsible for 6,000 letters and packages not being delivered, has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Emma Pearce found her job got on top of her as she was going through a period of personal crisis, Nottingham Crown Court was told.
It was accepted the 36-year-old, of Layton Avenue, was not stealing to sell on for profit.
She pleaded guilty to delaying the mail and theft, on the basis that items had gone missing.
She had been with the Post Office since 2009, originally in Yorkshire before transferring to the Mansfield area in 2010, said Clarkson Baptiste, prosecuting.
But her rounds became too much for her and there were complaints from the public.
The manager at the Mansfield sorting office noticed a package addressed to him which had not been delivered. His home was on her round.
Her barrister Sarah Munro said Pearce, who had now quit her job, was of previous good character.
Her soldier husband, who had served in Iraq, was often away from home. Their marriage had also broken down, the court was told.
“She has lost everything and is now back at her parents’ home,” said Miss Munro.
Judge John Burgess told Pearce: “Undoubtedly your job got on top of you.”
The judge said hardship had been caused, with hundreds of people missing out on their mail.
The sentence was six months suspended for 12 months, with 180 hours unpaid work to do for the community.
She has to pay £242 compensation for a missing commemorative coin and a greeting card containing £200, as well as £85 towards the prosecution costs.