XMAS CARDS SENT VIA ‘SCOUT POST’ ARE FOUND DUMPED ON PENARTH HEAD

Scores of Christmas cars had been opened and searched for cash before being dumped at the Penarth Head Viewing Platform (Photo South Wales Police)

A PDN reader walking his dog on Penarth Head has reported coming across “a substantial number” of Christmas cards which had been posted via “Scout Post” – apparently dumped on the Penarth Head Viewing Platform.

The discovery was made yesterday morning after heavy rain had flooded the central seating area of the viewing platform.

The Penarth Head Viewing Platform was used by thieves to open and search all the stolen mail

Most of the mail was sodden with rainwater . All the envelopes had been opened and most of the Christmas cards had been addressed to properties in Westbourne Road

Sue Grant of the 6th Penarth Scout Post Group said today “The family delivering Westbourne Rd had completed most of road but their car was broken into and the post stolen. All the cards had been opened and cards and envelopes alike were found sodden, dumped at Penarth Head. We can only apologise to the people whose cards were stolen but it will be impossible to match card with envelope. The central sorting office has been informed.”

The Scout Post is a scheme that offers the public of Cardiff and most parts of the Vale of Glamorgan an opportunity to send Christmas Cards at what’s claimed to be a fraction of the cost of Royal Mail.It works by Scouting groups selling Scout stamps to local retail outlets which then sell them on to the general public.

Sergeant Julie Madoc-Smart said the thieves had broke in to a vehicle on Clive Place and helped themselves to a box of Christmas cards which were due to be delivered by the Scout Post service. The thieves then callously torn-through every envelope, presumably searching for money, before discarding them all at the Penarth Head Viewing Platform

Sgt Madoc-Smart said “Unfortunately, as they made such a mess, it’s almost impossible to know who the senders or intended recipients were. Patrols have been stepped up in the area but I would everyone to ensure their property is as secure as possible.”

 

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13 Responses to XMAS CARDS SENT VIA ‘SCOUT POST’ ARE FOUND DUMPED ON PENARTH HEAD

  1. Jayflan says:

    I was just about to get in touch with my local scout group at Trinity Church as I only received one card this year through the scout post, when I usually receive around 30. I have checked with my usual senders, and they say that they have used scout post again. This is very disappointing news.

    • Sue Grant. 6th Penarth Scout Post Group says:

      Delivery dead line is on Sunday 17th December. You have probably had a mis-sort from another road delivered to you and the rest will follow.

  2. Sue Grant. 6th Penarth Scout Post Group says:

    This was an unfortunate and unusual event. The family delivering Westbourne Rd had completed most of road but their car was broken into and the post stolen. All the cards had been opened and cards and envelopes alike were found sodden, dumped at Penarth Head. We can only apologise to the people whose cards were stolen but it will be impossible to match card with envelope. The central sorting office has been informed.

  3. Watch Your Step says:

    Akela won’t be happy.

  4. cogan nomen says:

    I hope the Police think the Same as me .
    Nicked in Westbourne – Found Penarth Head .
    We know where you live .

  5. Ann Other says:

    I have had about 15 cards put through the door that belong elsewhere. Completely stupid and careless. I would never use them to deliver anything that involved reading envelopes and street names and numbers.

    • Penileaks says:

      Sadly poor addressing by the senders does not help. We had a card delivered which was addressed to Flat 23 Stanwell Road. How were the Scouts supposed to deliver that ? However, we are Stanwell Road, but not 23 and have no flats as so it should not have been delivered at all !

  6. David Wilton says:

    As a parent, who has done the same Scout Post delivery patch for 3 years, I felt there was an overall decline in the number of cards to deliver this year. Some of the houses with more elderly residents were keeping up the tradition, but card volumes amongst younger families I feel is declining.

  7. David Wilton says:

    Can I also add, that the work that volunteers undertake in sorting the post and allocating out to children and their parents is incredible. The funds raised by Scout Post helps fund the fantastic events and experiences for the young people of Penarth.

  8. Lesley Monger says:

    Probably druggies looking for money
    Moral is don’t leave anything in your car!

    • Hamish Munnypenny says:

      It should be pointed out that siphoning petrol is hazardous, so you can leave that. Anything you want to keep should be locked in the boot.

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