Mrs Marple would be mystified by a crime committed on the sleepy streets of a quiet Doncaster village.
Residents on Sprotbrough’s Spring Lane were shocked to discover that a letter loathing larcenist had made off with their postbox.
The postal pincher took the box and the missives inside in the early hours of June 23 and the village is still waiting for its replacement.
Though one is planned, the Royal Mail now has to apply for planning permission to put it in place – a process that is expected to take four more weeks, leaving a significant portion of Sprotbrough village without a handy post box for another month.
Mail spokesman Nick Martens said: “A post-box on Spring Lane, Sprotborogh was stolen in late June.
“We will be replacing the box with a brand new structure which will be sited as near to the previous location as possible.
“Royal Mail apologises for the delay but we need to go through formal procedures and aim to have this completed in the next few weeks.”
Tony Sophianou rector of Sprotbrough’s St Mary’s church lives almost opposite the nicked note recepticle.
He told the Free Press: “It was quite a surprise to discover it had been taken – it’s a very odd thing to steal.
“The box was quite well hidden – I think it took people quite a long time to realise it was missing at all. It does has everyone wondering why anyone would do it.”
Several theories have been mooted regarding the meaning of the missing mailbox.
Suggestion have included it being stolen for scrap or to make an indoot or outdoor household ornament.
Rector Tony however has an altogether more human suggestion...
“I think someone, in a fit of anger, has written a rather forthright letter of resignation to their boss and put it in the box.
“Once they’d come to their senses, they decided to get the letter back – and, of course, the only way was to take the whole box!”