HUNDREDS of homes in the Penistone area are to get deliveries of mail - 18 months after they were posted.
The special deliveries follow a police inquiry which found up to 100,000 stolen letters and parcels at a house in Barnsley.
Many of the items had been addressed to homes and businesses in Deepcar, Chapeltown, Stocksbridge and Penistone.
A 49-year-old postman from Barnsley has been arrested and bailed by detectives investigating the incident.
It is believed the investigation was sparked after an off-duty policeman found sacks of mail dumped near Penistone.
Hundreds of letters were strewn around the Trans-Pennine Trail.
Police who traced the mail back to a house in Barnsley had to bring in a seven-tonne wagon to collect it.
A police spokesman said: "This is a very unusual case.
"It is due to the diligence of police in Penistone that we have uncovered this quite extraordinary crime.
"From our initial inquiries it does not appear these letters were delivered."
A Royal Mail spokesman said it had launched its own inquiries into the incident.