Newtownabbey postal services disrupted after Royal Mail employee attacked

Police are appealing for information after a postal worker was attacked with a baseball bat in Newtownabbey.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 10:55 am

The male member of staff was assaulted in the Whitewell Road area of Newtownabbey on Friday (June 5).

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “Following an attack on one of our colleagues, there has been some disruption to deliveries in a small area of Newtownabbey.

“Royal Mail has a zero tolerance to any form of abuse against our staff and our first priority as an employer is to ensure the welfare and safety of our people. We are now assisting the police with their enquiries and are working to quickly resume normal deliveries to all customers.”


Police are urging any potential witnesses to contact them.

Sergeant King said: “It was reported that, around midday, the driver of a van, who was temporarily parked on the Whitewell Road, was approached by a male. The man, who was armed with a baseball bat, opened the passenger door of the van and swung the bat, hitting the driver on the left arm. He then made off by car, driving along the Whitewell Road in the direction of the Shore Road.

“The suspect is described as being aged in his twenties, of average build, and about 6’ in height.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident, or who noticed a vehicle or man acting suspiciously in this area, to contact us on 101, quoting reference number 709 of 05/06/20.”

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


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