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Cheque's in post ... for the past month

PUBLISHED: 17:15 24 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

THE cheque's in the post.

It's the oldest excuse in the book but in the case of a Needham Market tour operator, who was trying to pay a repair bill, it was absolutely true - it's just the cheque for thousands of pounds took nearly a whole month to arrive.

THE cheque's in the post.

It's the oldest excuse in the book but in the case of a Needham Market tour operator, who was trying to pay a repair bill, it was absolutely true - it's just the cheque for thousands of pounds took nearly a whole month to arrive.

The postal bungle has left Avril Read, director of Angus Coaches, fuming – the latest foul-up to be uncovered in the Star as part of its Mailwatch campaign.

"I posted the cheque on August 13 and it arrived on September 11," she seethed at her Station Yard base. "The whole thing was highly embarrassing."

Mrs Read sent a £2,000 cheque to a workshop in Woolpit to pay for repairs to one of the company's three coaches. Shortly after sending off the cheque she set off on a trip to Scotland. When she returned the cheque hadn't been cashed, so she phoned the company to find out why. She was stunned to hear that it hadn't even arrived.

"It was embarrassing. You hear of people saying the cheque's lost in the post but this was an excuse – it was true."

She immediately sent the mechanics at Cyril Taylor Commercials another cheque.

Ironically, it arrived the very same day as the lost original – which was clearly post-marked 'August 13'.

When Mrs Read rang the nearest sorting office in Ipswich to complain, she got few satisfactory answers as the AWOL cheque has left Royal Mail officials scratching their heads.

"It's been a real inconvenience. I pay for postage stamps and I expect the mail to be delivered," she said.

Although given some days to respond to Mrs Read's complaint by the Evening Star The Royal Mail did not issue any comment about the alleged bungle prior to publication.

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