MP backs axed have-a-go postie

032496c   in B13  13/6   pics AH' Seamer Cllr Gavin Williamson is trying to get the AA to put Crossgates on its maps.

032496c in B13 13/6 pics AH' Seamer Cllr Gavin Williamson is trying to get the AA to put Crossgates on its maps.

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AN MP from Scarborough made national headlines after a row broke out over a postwoman who thwarted a thief by clinging to her moving delivery van.

Julie Roberts, 51, clung to the bonnet on the post vehicle for a mile as the thief drove through country lanes, forcing him to flee with only a handful of letters.

However, Royal Mail bosses have launched a disciplinary action and suspended Miss Roberts, despite the fact that many have hailed her actions as heroic.

Gavin Williamson, who attended Raincliffe School and Scarborough Sixth Form College, brought the story to the attention of the national media when he raised the issue in the House of Commons.

He said: “Julie, who has worked with the Royal Mail for 21 years, recently had her mail van stolen. She immediately jumped on to the bonnet of the mail van and succeeded to hold on to the bonnet for a mile, while the thief tried to make a getaway. She was able to get the van stopped and regain control of that vehicle. How do Royal Mail treat this lady? They suspend her and she is under threat of losing her job. People want her back in work and they want the Royal Mail to show some common sense and some common decency.”

Mr Williamson represents Miss Roberts in the South Staffordshire constituency, where he was elected in last year’s general election.

He stood against current Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill in a bid to become Scarborough and Whitby’s Conservative Party candidate in 2002 and represented the Seamer ward on Scarborough Council.

A Royal Mail spokesman said: “We cannot discuss individuals but Royal Mail takes very seriously the security of its customers’ mail and the wellbeing of our employees.”