Mystery as Chingford student's personal documents found in sealed parcel sent to another Chingford student - in Newcastle

Student Mathew Di Salvo with the personal documents in Newcastle

Student Mathew Di Salvo with the personal documents in Newcastle

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Personal documents and cash belonging to a Chingford student were delivered by post to the wrong address hundreds of miles away - only to land in the hands of another Chingford student living in Newcastle.

Mathew Di Salvo, 23, of Mount View Road in Chingford, was surprised last week to find his Royal Mail package containing a portfolio of journalism cuttings also included a sealed envelope with Georgina Greene's passport, savings book and private bank details.

Mr Di Salvo is currently on a journalism training programme and is based in Jesmond, Newcastle. 

The portfolio was sealed by Mr Di Salvo's mother and sent by recorded next-day delivery to Newcastle by staff at the Royal Mail branch in Station Road, Chingford, on April 30.

The bankbook containing £1,000 and passport belonging to 17-year-old Miss Greene, of Sewardstone Gardens in Chingford, came tumbling out as he opened the parcel.

"It was crazy to find those documents. There was enough there to take all the money and even steal her identity," said the 23 year-old.

Miss Greene’s step-father, Keith Relf, 65, had put away a thousand pounds in a building society and had helped his step-daughter fill in the relevant forms in order to set up an adult account with Lloyds TSB.

The precious documents were sent by recorded next-day delivery to Chorley in Lancashire in order to open the maturity account, but the online tracking status was showing as 'undelivered'.

Mr Relf said: "The envelope was addressed clearly and was sent off for a next day delivery.

"I checked online with The Royal Mail to see if it had arrived and even rang them myself.

"They rang me back six hours later and said it was still progressing in the system. I was extremely worried."

Miss Greene, a part-time student at Epping Forest College, was concerned the documents never arrived in Chorley, but was relieved they were in safe hands.

"I was livid. If someone else had got hold of this post, goodness knows what might have happened. So much for recorded delivery," added Miss Greene.

The documents have since been sent to the building society address, but it is still unclear how the envelope ended up sealed inside a package for Mr Di Salvo.

A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said: "We have not heard of any instance like this before.

"We are keen to investigate if both special delivery labels could be provided to us. Every item of mail is important to us and the overwhelming majority of items we handle are delivered safely and on time."

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6:24am Wed 14 May 14

pennyforum says...

I'm not surprised by this. I often receive post that has been either fully or partially opened. It usually happens to birthday cards or other letters that look like they may contain gifts or money. Am sure this is happening at the sorting office.
I'm not surprised by this. I often receive post that has been either fully or partially opened. It usually happens to birthday cards or other letters that look like they may contain gifts or money. Am sure this is happening at the sorting office. pennyforum
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11:39am Wed 14 May 14

Techno3 says...

pennyforum wrote:
I'm not surprised by this. I often receive post that has been either fully or partially opened. It usually happens to birthday cards or other letters that look like they may contain gifts or money. Am sure this is happening at the sorting office.
Last year, nearly half of the letters that came to my home that weren't 'junk' had a slight tear on the flap where somone had lifted it up to have a peak. Oddly enough, when I mentioned this to my postman - that someone at the sorting office was fiddling with the post and making him vulnerable to accusations of mail tampering - it stopped.
[quote][p][bold]pennyforum[/bold] wrote: I'm not surprised by this. I often receive post that has been either fully or partially opened. It usually happens to birthday cards or other letters that look like they may contain gifts or money. Am sure this is happening at the sorting office.[/p][/quote]Last year, nearly half of the letters that came to my home that weren't 'junk' had a slight tear on the flap where somone had lifted it up to have a peak. Oddly enough, when I mentioned this to my postman - that someone at the sorting office was fiddling with the post and making him vulnerable to accusations of mail tampering - it stopped. Techno3
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6:33pm Sun 18 May 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Someone must be opening the post and parcels - unless there's a time warp in the sorting office.
Someone must be opening the post and parcels - unless there's a time warp in the sorting office. Thunderbird4
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