VILLAGERS are calling for a new post box after their old one was knocked down.
The Hempstead Lane box was one of only three in Potten End, and the village council is lobbying for Royal Mail to have it replaced.
Chairman Anna Barnard woke up to find it in pieces four weeks ago on a Saturday morning.
Royal Mail have now taken it away, but Mrs Barnard said what’s left behind is even messier than the broken box.
She said: “It would appear that it might have been caused by a road traffic accident, but nobody heard anything and there are no skid-marks.
“Whatever happened, it was not as bad as what Royal Mail have left there.”
The Nettleden With Potten End Parish Council chief said the brick-built post box had been a “village landmark” for more than 60 years.
She said: “Royal Mail have just left a pile of bricks and taken the demolished post box away.”
Val Antoine, a Royal Mail spokesman, said a vehicle hit the post box which has now been removed.
In a statement, she said: “We apologise to customers for the inconvenience this may cause and we will be installing a new box there soon.
“In the meantime, there are two boxes nearby - one outside Village Stores in Church Road and the other in Water End Road.”