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Byline: By ALEX LEMON South Wales Echo

Hundreds of letters had to be recovered from bushes after a mail pouch was stolen while a postman was on his rounds. Much of the delivery was recovered from undergrowth on the riverbank near Llandaff Rowing Club after the theft on July 30.

The bag contained bundles of letters and padded envelopes held together with rubber bands, some of which were discovered by a member of the public walking his dog along the River Taff last Monday.

The man, who did not wish to be named, said he pulled five bundles from the bushes on Monday, a further four on Tuesday and another two on Thursday.

He took the first batch to Llandaff Post Office, the second to Fairwater Police Station and the third is due to be picked up by the Royal Mail soon.

Collected post, much intended for the Llandaff North area, has been dried, sorted and sent out. Letters of apology have also been delivered to each address.

The dog-walker who found the stolen post said: 'Some of it looked like important stuff.

'I'm sure those in Llandaff North will be really upset if they knew what was going on.'

Royal Mail spokeswoman Valerie Goodchild said: 'Royal Mail was contacted on Wednesday of this week and informed that Llandaff Post Office had a quantity of mail that had been recovered from the vicinity of Llandaff Rowing Club.

'The letters were all from a pouch of mail that was stolen from an agency employee who was working for Royal Mail for part of last week.

'More of the letters that had been in that stolen pouch were recovered from other locations in the Cardiff area, and likewise these have been dried out and where possible are being delivered to the intended addressees with a letter of apology for the delay.

'On behalf of Royal Mail I'd like to thank the gentleman concerned who helped in the recovery of these letters which had been stolen during a delivery.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 9, 2004
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