The Royal Mail have banned deliveries from a street within West Yorkshire after a postwoman was shot in the face while on duty.
The post woman aged 52 was hit in the face by a sniper who had a powerful airgun while she was delivering post to the Spring Bank Rise in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
The woman who has not been named suffered serious facial injuries and was rushed to hospital.
Now bosses at the Royal Mail have suspended further deliveries to the street because they have fears over the safety of workers.
Urging customers to contact the police with any information that would assist officers in investigating the matter.
West Yorkshire Police have confirmed they have arrested an 18-year-old man and a youth who is believed to be connected to the shooting.
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.
‘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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