Bradford Lib Dem councillors launch handwriting appeal after being bombarded by junk mail sent by one person from Eccleshill in two-year vendetta

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Jeanette Sunderland with some of the thousands of junk items sent to the Lib Dems' Freepost address Councillor Jeanette Sunderland with some of the thousands of junk items sent to the Lib Dems' Freepost address

A mystery correspondent is abusing a Freepost service in a bizarre vendetta against some councillors.

Hundreds of pizza flyers, shop adverts and other junk mail has been piling up at the Bradford offices of the Liberal Democrats – all sent by one person taking advantage of the group’s Freepost address.

Now angry councillors, who have narrowed down the address of the perpetrator to a few streets in Eccleshill, are sending samples of the handwriting on the envelopes to every home in the area.

The councillors hope that neighbours will recognise the writing and be able to help them identify who is responsible.

The leader of the Council’s Liberal Democrat group, Coucillor Jeanette Sunderland, said the abuse had been going on for nearly two years and had so far cost hundreds of pounds in postage fees.

She said: “We now no longer can tolerate this. He’s even sending the Council’s own Community Pride newspaper to us.

“He probably thinks it’s really funny. I guess he’s trying to tell us that our letters are just junk, along with all this other junk.”

Coun Sunderland said the Freepost address was advertised on the group’s regular letters to residents, and that its councillors paid for it out of their own allowances.

She said it was a well-used service which allowed people to get in touch to share their views on local issues, or report problems.

She said: “We offer it as a service and we get a lot of people who actually can’t afford the postage and we as councillors pay for it. The Council has its own Freepost address but we don’t use it because we think that is campaigning on the rates.”

Coun Sunderland said they had now been forced to suspend the Freepost service in the Eccleshill neighbourhood temporarily, while they tried to track down the culprit.

She said: “We have spoken to the police and we have spoken to Royal Mail and we are following its advice on how to tackle this.

“This is just an abuse of a service that we have been offering for nearly 20 years and we have never had a problem like this.”

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7:45am Mon 9 Jun 14

Mike Strutter says...

I suppose Cllr Sunderland doesn't think the "He" could be a "She" then ?
I suppose Cllr Sunderland doesn't think the "He" could be a "She" then ? Mike Strutter
  • Score: 13

7:47am Mon 9 Jun 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

How does she know that it's a He? Thats rather sexist to presume.
It's a good idea I've long since said the community pride letter is a waste of resources with it's council propaganda, much more important things to spend money on.
How does she know that it's a He? Thats rather sexist to presume. It's a good idea I've long since said the community pride letter is a waste of resources with it's council propaganda, much more important things to spend money on. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 14

8:02am Mon 9 Jun 14

flithergirl says...

The councillors paid for it " out of their own allowances", in other words, not out of their own pockets, rather out of their expenses.

I would say to the perpetrator - you have made your point and it seems to be appreciated by many, but time to stop.
The councillors paid for it " out of their own allowances", in other words, not out of their own pockets, rather out of their expenses. I would say to the perpetrator - you have made your point and it seems to be appreciated by many, but time to stop. flithergirl
  • Score: -8

8:17am Mon 9 Jun 14

MarkPullen says...

My question is whether it is illegal to send such items to a publicised freepost address?
My question is whether it is illegal to send such items to a publicised freepost address? MarkPullen
  • Score: 19

9:05am Mon 9 Jun 14

FinlandStation says...

I was about to suggest that Coun Sunderland tried to narrow down the field by thinking about the people the Lib Dems might have upset, But that's just about everybody isn't it?
I was about to suggest that Coun Sunderland tried to narrow down the field by thinking about the people the Lib Dems might have upset, But that's just about everybody isn't it? FinlandStation
  • Score: 23

9:25am Mon 9 Jun 14

SurprisedByJoyce says...

Ah, the power of the politicians. I’m impressed the police are involved. I get bombarded with junk mail and my computers fills up with spam every day; yet nothing gets done. Councillor Sunderland should learn to live and suffer like the rest of us. It might make her policy making more relevant to the real world.
Ah, the power of the politicians. I’m impressed the police are involved. I get bombarded with junk mail and my computers fills up with spam every day; yet nothing gets done. Councillor Sunderland should learn to live and suffer like the rest of us. It might make her policy making more relevant to the real world. SurprisedByJoyce
  • Score: 21

12:54pm Mon 9 Jun 14

BCFC1911 says...

I would suggest the Councillor spend her time on making the lives people better rather than a petty witch hunt against someone who in the eyes of the law has done absolutely nothing wrong.
I would suggest the Councillor spend her time on making the lives people better rather than a petty witch hunt against someone who in the eyes of the law has done absolutely nothing wrong. BCFC1911
  • Score: 13

2:49pm Mon 9 Jun 14

collos25 says...

BCFC1911 wrote:
I would suggest the Councillor spend her time on making the lives people better rather than a petty witch hunt against someone who in the eyes of the law has done absolutely nothing wrong.
I so agree.
Do the job they are paid to do that will be a first in this city.
[quote][p][bold]BCFC1911[/bold] wrote: I would suggest the Councillor spend her time on making the lives people better rather than a petty witch hunt against someone who in the eyes of the law has done absolutely nothing wrong.[/p][/quote]I so agree. Do the job they are paid to do that will be a first in this city. collos25
  • Score: 6

3:36pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Baildon Bystander says...

Given how few Lib Dem councillors there are now, I'm not surprised they're having a problem covering these costs. That said, if the perpetrator is not doing anything illegal, maybe they'll just have to find a different way of getting feedback.
Given how few Lib Dem councillors there are now, I'm not surprised they're having a problem covering these costs. That said, if the perpetrator is not doing anything illegal, maybe they'll just have to find a different way of getting feedback. Baildon Bystander
  • Score: 6

10:53pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Whilst not being a Lib Dem voter I can say that the job the councillors do in the Bolton/Idle area are above average. And it isn't often I'm complimentary about any councillor or politician
Whilst not being a Lib Dem voter I can say that the job the councillors do in the Bolton/Idle area are above average. And it isn't often I'm complimentary about any councillor or politician Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 2

10:49am Tue 10 Jun 14

BradfordFreewheeler says...

If I was posting things, I'd get a few sheets of self adhesive labels printed out with the address on, almost impossible to trace and saves a bit of time too :)
If I was posting things, I'd get a few sheets of self adhesive labels printed out with the address on, almost impossible to trace and saves a bit of time too :) BradfordFreewheeler
  • Score: 5

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