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Royal Mail BANS deliveries to street after a 52-year-old postwoman is SHOT in the face while on duty

Royal Mail bosses have banned deliveries to a problem street in West Yorkshire after  after a postwoman was shot in the face on duty.

The 52-year-old was blasted by a sniper with a powerful airgun while delivering the post to Spring Bank Rise in Keighley, West Yorkshire, this week and was rushed to hospital with facial injuries.

Royal Mail bosses have taken the drastic action to suspend all future deliveries to the street amid concerns over workers' safety, a move they described as a 'last resort'.  

They urged customers to contact the police with any information that would assist with enquiries. 

Royal Mail bosses said they were suspending all future deliveries to Spring Bank Rise in Keighley (above) with 'immediate effect' 

Police have since arrested an 18-year-old man and youth believed to have been involved in the attack.

A Royal Mail spokesman said the company was 'shocked and saddened to learn of this incident.

'We are thankful that our colleague was not more seriously injured and wish her a speedy recovery.

'We are now assisting the police with their enquiries. Royal Mail has a zero tolerance to any form of abuse against our staff.

'As a result of this incident, all deliveries to Spring Bank Rise Keighley will be suspended with immediate effect.

Police said they had arrested two people believed to have been involved in the attack on a Royal Mail postwoman (file photo) 

'Suspending deliveries is a last resort. However our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people.

'Customers who are unable to collect mail from their local delivery office will be offered alternative arrangements until we can safely resume deliveries.

'We urge customers to contact the police with any information that might support their investigation'. 

A police spokesman said: 'The 52 year old woman was taken to hospital for treatment and CCTV enquiries have been conducted in the local area.

'Two males, an 18 year old and a juvenile, were subsequently arrested and enquiries remain ongoing.'

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