Determined thieves rip post box off wall in Ore

The Fairlight Avenue scene

The Fairlight Avenue scene

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POLICE have been left with a first-class mystery after a post box was stolen in Ore this week.

It came after a spate of attacks on iconic red pillar boxes across Hastings and Rother which culminated in a smaller, square post box disappearing from Fairlight Avenue overnight on Tuesday.

It was the second post box to be targeted in the Hastings area this week after one was uprooted last Thursday night in Brightling Avenue.

Initial reports about pillar boxes being upended came in from Battery Hill, Fairlight last Monday morning, with further attacks in Winchelsea Beach and Rye last week.

Police believe a car or truck had been used to drag them from their foundations.

Experts said the Victorian boxes can fetch up to £5,000 with collectors in America particularly keen on buying them.

A spokesman for Royal Mail said: “Thankfully thefts like these are relatively rare and Royal Mail urges anyone with information relating to the theft of these post-boxes this month to contact the police.

“Boxes are cleared daily and we would advise anyone posting mail who have any concerns to contact our customer services on 08457 740740,” she added.

PC Duncan Cleverley, of Hastings Police, also urged any witnesses to come forward.

He said: “It is extremely unusual for post boxes to be targeted in this way. We would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything at the time of the damage.”

Anyone with any information can call Hastings Police on 0845 6070999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.