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Late letter means loving son misses mum's inquest

Late letter means loving son misses mum's inquestA LOVING son missed his mother's inquest after 'the most important letter of his life' took almost a month to arrive.

Heartbroken Derrick Carter knew he had missed the final judgement on his mother's death when a letter posted by the coroner's office in Marlow on May 3 landed on his doormat on May 28 five days after the inquest.

Mr Carter, 64, of Lycrome Road, Chesham, said: "I was upset. I really wanted to go and see what they were going to say."

His mother, 90-year-old Florence, is thought to have accidentally gassed herself after putting on her gas grill to cook an evening meal. It is believed she then fell asleep at her sheltered accommodation flat in Wallington Road, Chesham.

Mr Carter said: "It had been posted through the same wrong letter box in Lycrome Lane twice. Each time someone at the address had written on the envelope saying they had the wrong address and re-posted it."

When Mr Carter called the coroner's office he was told he could read the report in the Free Press' sister paper Midweek.

He said: "It was when I read about the family not attending the inquest; it looked bad as though we didn't care.

"I'm a bit annoyed regards the Post Office to be honest. The most important letter I have ever had did not get to us. That is really what annoyed me."

A spokesman for Consignia, the current name for the Post Office, said: "Royal Mail apologises. We are currently investigating and will be in touch with the customer once our investigations are completed."

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