Shropshire ex-postman admits destroying mail
A former postman has admitted destroying thousands of letters and parcels at his home in Shropshire.
Brendan Kinsella told investigators he had been overwhelmed by work and took the post home intending to deliver it later, Telford magistrates heard.
The 36-year-old from Swains Meadow in Church Stretton admitted a charge of arson on Monday.
He was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.
Investigators found around 5,000 letters and parcels either torn up, burned or stashed in bin bags in his home and garden, dating from a nine-month period leading up to March this year.
The court heard that he opened some post but he did not take any money.
He resigned from the Royal Mail in March.
Magistrates also ordered him to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.