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Row over dumped leaflets

HUNDREDS of leaflets have been found dumped in Shirley - twice - despite a delivery company being paid more than £1,000 to push them through residents' letterboxes.

HUNDREDS of leaflets have been found dumped in Shirley - twice - despite a delivery company being paid more than £1,000 to push them through residents' letterboxes.

Small business owners Pauline and David Thompson hired Direct Letterbox Marketing to distribute 20,000 leaflets for their delivery company, Four Seasons Organics.

A few weeks ago, they received a call from an irate Stockley Crescent resident, who first discovered the hidden stash in bushes along a public footpath.

The couple emailed the distributors but claimed they were not given an adequate response.

After they picked up the abandoned leaflets themselves on June 28, another batch of undelivered fliers was discovered a few weeks later - again in Stockley Crescent.

The Thompsons work in Bridgnorth but deliver organic meats, fruit and vegetables all across the West Midlands.

Operations manager at Direct Marketing, David Hill confirmed they had received photographic evidence of some leaflets placed in bushes.

"Unfortunately as this evidence was only received on July 21 it fell outside of our Terms and Conditions of trading which state any complaints must be received in writing within seven days of completion of the campaign.

"Due to the time that elapsed since completion of the distribution it is now impossible to complete any further investigation."

David and Pauline contacted Direct Marketing Association, the governing body who oversee leaflet distribution who are now looking into the matter.

 

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