Misdirected card travels 5,000 miles

A BIRTHDAY card intended for a four-mile trip within Ipswich instead travelled nearly 5,000 miles - via Jamaica.The card was posted first class in Garrick Way on September 6 and was intended to arrive in time for Betty Thompson's birthday the following day.

A BIRTHDAY card intended for a four-mile trip within Ipswich instead travelled nearly 5,000 miles - via Jamaica.

The card was posted first class in Garrick Way on September 6 and was intended to arrive in time for Betty Thompson's birthday the following day.

It finally landed on her doorstep yesterday, nearly a month after it was posted and complete with a stamp saying: “misdirected to Jamaica”.

Mrs Thompson, of Atherton Road, said: “It was posted at the same time as a card from my brother's daughter and that one arrived the following day.

“I couldn't understand how anything could go so far adrift. I got in touch with Royal Mail and they've asked me to send it to them so they can investigate.

“I wasn't really annoyed - more surprised it could happen.”

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A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said: “It would be impossible to know why or if this letter was sent to Jamaica as we deal with 84 million items of mail every day.

“In the Ipswich area we have one of the best delivery records in the country with nearly 96% of first class mail arriving at its destination the next working day.”

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