POST deliveries across Andover are suffering serious delays after a beehive caused part of the roof at the town’s delivery office to collapse.

Residents across the town have complained they have not received parcels or letters for up to three weeks, with Royal Mail initially blaming Covid-related absences.

But it has since come to light that a beehive has caused part of the roof to collapse, leading to a water leak at the Bridge Street customer service point.

No one was injured but workers have been told to leave the office, meaning customers are unable to collect parcels and causing delays to deliveries. There have been reports of disruption to the postal service for around a month.

A spokesperson for Royal Mail said that “safety is our number one priority” and apologised for inconvenience.

A beekeeper has been contacted to remove the hive.

Reacting to the news, Cllr Iris Andersen said that the issue should have been solved sooner. She said mail is “one of the most important things of people’s lives”, and that “surely the service can get somebody to move the beehive sooner”.

It has also resulted in one Royal Mail worker taking to social media “begging for help”.

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