Royal Mail Decides if the Law is Broken


According to a Detective Inspector with Lancashire Constabulary, the Royal Mail, not the police, decide if one of its postmen or women has broken the law. And unless the Royal Mail deems the behaviour unlawful, police will not act.


This month a Royal Mail customer in Lancashire posted a parcel to a company in Birmingham, which was sent via First Class and Signed For service.


Unfortunately, for the customer, the parcel was delivered back to him the next day while he was not home.


In this case, the postman or woman signed the customer's signature, or what purported to be the customer's signature, typed the surname into the handheld computer, transmitted the false information back to the Royal Mail, and then slipped the thin parcel through the customer's door. The customer's surname was found on the FROM label, so intelligence is not a character trait found in this employee, or at least it is outweighed by the desire to commit fraud.


Apparently, forgery isn't a crime in Lancashire unless the Royal Mail says it's a crime.


Likewise, transmitting forged, false data via telephone does not rise to the level of a crime against the Telecommunications Act when the Royal Mail does it unless, of course, the Royal Mail says it's a crime.


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