Hampshire's rural post boxes targeted by thieves

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Post boxes are being stolen from rural locations in Hampshire, Royal Mail say.

The small pillar and wall-mounted boxes have been taken from a number of sites in and around the New Forest, including Sway, Bransgore and Brockenhurst.

Another box, in Hightown, Ringwood, was replaced after six weeks, only to be stolen again days later.

Royal Mail put up notices informing customers the post boxes had been stolen and warned any mail inside should be considered lost.

Post boxes are generally made of cast iron and it is believed they are being stolen for scrap.

Anne Hurcombe, who works at Tiptoe Butterflies pre-school near Hordle, close to one of the box locations, said: "We came out to post a letter and it wasn't there any more.

"We used it pretty much every day but we have to drive somewhere now, as opposed to just walking out the door and it just being there.

"Who would want a post box?"

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "We apologise to any of our customers who have been inconvenienced by these thefts and would like to reiterate that stealing post boxes is a criminal offence and, as such, we urge people to contact the police so they can make the appropriate investigations."

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