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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:09 pm 
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Royal Mail postman failed to deliver 30,000 items of mail

'Overworked' postman, who hoarded sacks of letters at home, gets community work sentence

by Steven Morris
Wednesday 9 November 2011

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Royal Mail staff sort mail for delivery. Postman Paul Willicott said he was overwhelmed by a daily round of eight mailbags. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

A postman who hoarded 30,000 letters and parcels in his house, car and a garage, has been ordered to do 280 hours of unpaid work.

Paul Willicott claimed that he did not have enough time to deliver all the mail he was expected to handle during his four-hour round. He became so overwhelmed he ended up stashing unopened mail in his car and in his home in Paignton, Devon. Willicott, 44, told magistrates in Torbay that his intention was to deliver all the mail when his workload was lighter but that he was never able to catch up.

David Thompson, chair of the bench, told Willicott it was "an extremely serious matter". He said: "People have a right to expect their mail to appear at the appointed time. This was a large amount of mail, it was obviously taken over a large period of time. It constitutes a significant breach of trust."

But the magistrates made allowances for the fact that Willicott said he had made several attempts to tell his manager that he was overloaded. The court heard he hid his actions from his wife and two children. None of the letters and parcels had been opened.

Willicott was caught after a member of the public spotted him putting mail into the garage. The magistrates heard the garage was searched and that 174 undelivered items of mail were found. More mail was found in the boot of his car, and, at his home, there were 67 mailbags full of post. A third of the undelivered post was junk mail but two-thirds were letters and packets destined for homes on his round.

Richard Porritt, mitigating, said: "During the course of his round he had to deliver eight bags full of post. He couldn't do it in four hours; it took him sometimes five, sometimes five and a half hours, to get all the mail round. It was part of the culture that you did not take mail back to the depot unless there was a very good reason. At the end of the four hours there was a bag of post left and he was stuck behind a rock and a hard place. He concealed it intending to deliver it at another time. It became more and more frequent and over time the number increased and eventually it was discovered."

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "Every item of mail is very important to us. We have a zero tolerance approach to any dishonesty and this stance is shared by the overwhelming majority of postmen and women."

Willicott was ordered to pay £1,700 costs, half of the total Royal Mail spent investigating him. He admitted two charges under the Postal Services Act of delaying a postal packet or mailbag between October 2008 and June this year.He had been employed as a postman, working from the Torquay delivery office from 2008, but was sacked this year.

Source: Guardian UK.

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'Tired' Swedes have less sex than ever: study
24 May 2013

Swedes are having 24 percent less sex than sixteen years ago, a new survey has revealed, and their libidos appear to have waned too, leaving researchers warning of "desire disorders".

The newspaper Aftonbladet and pollsters United Mind have been probing the sexual habits of people in Sweden. They found that in 1996 Swedes had sex five times a month on average. By 2013, that number had dwindled to 3.8 times. In addition, the percentage of Swedes reporting that they've had sex with their partner in the last month has dropped from about 80 percent in 1996 down to 60 percent in 2013.

Malmö University sociology professor Sven-Axel Månsson took part in the study in the nineties and said he was concerned by the new findings. "These are serious numbers and seem to be part of an international trend. My colleagues from other countries have found the same thing," he told Aftonbladet. "They say it's a public health problem. Desire disorder has become a diagnosis."

Some groups are having more sex than they were before, however. Women under 24 is one group, while both men and women between the ages of 66 and 74 are also having more sex. Middle-aged men, meanwhile, saw the biggest decline, with men aged 35-49 not having sex as much as previously.

The situation does not sit will with all the survey respondents, however, as 60 percent said they would like to have more sex - true across the age brackets. Most people blamed their decreased sexual activity on tiredness, either their own or their partner's. The third most commonly cited reason was being single, and Aftonbladet notes that the proportion of singles has risen by nine percent since 1996. Other researchers the newspaper spoke with blamed everything from stress to lack of job security, while some said the constant output of information and entertainment may be depriving Swedes of the hours to cozy up with their partners.

"It's a stressed-out society," said Kristina Ljungros, chairwoman of sexual-health information organization Riksförbundet för sexuell upplysning (RFSU). "There are a lot of demands at work but also on your free time, plus demands to have good sex. I think people feel pressured to be perfect in every way."

The results of the study are based on responses from 3,000 Swedes from around the country. Similar nationwide studies were carried out in 1967 and 1996.

Source: The Local Sweden.

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National sex survey: Distractions of modern life mean people have less sex
by Adam Withnall
Tuesday, 26 November 2013

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The distractions of social media and worries about the recession mean couples in Britain are having less sex than at any other time in the past two decades, the national sex survey said.

On average, those aged 16 to 44 were having sex less than five times a month. Compare that with figures of more than six times a month in the same studies 10 and 20 years earlier, and researchers say modern life appears to be having a noticeable impact on libidos.

The figures come from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), which is carried out once a decade and this year questioned more than 15,000 people aged 16 to 74.

Dr Cath Mercer, from University College London, told BBC News: “People are worried about their jobs, worried about money. They are not in the mood for sex. “But we also think modern technologies are behind the trend too. People have tablets and smartphones and they are taking them into the bedroom, using Twitter and Facebook, answering emails.”

Lead Natsal author Kaye Wellings, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that the stress of the recession and the need to work when away from the office could be to blame for the decline in sexual frequency, according to reports in The Times. “In a recession we find an association between unemployment and a low number of sexual partners, perhaps due to low self-esteem,” she said.

For men, the average number of sexual partners in a lifetime has also dropped, down from 12.6 to 11.7. It is another story for women, however. The study suggested that they are starting having sex younger, having more partners, and that those are not necessarily men. Meanwhile, the survey also asked people about instances when they had been coerced into having sex. One in 10 women said that they had been made to have sex, compared to one in 71 men. In around 83 per cent of instances for both genders the person responsible for the coercion was someone they knew.

Source: The Independent UK.

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