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Couriers drivers told put safety first in riot zones

Drivers working across London for a Basildon-based courier company have been told to put safety first and stay clear of areas where riots are taking place.

Managing Director of Abby Couriers, Mark Giles, said: "Abby Couriers has a number of routes across London and we will be doing our best to make sure that every package on each van is delivered to customers on time.

"However it seems from the disturbances yesterday that in some cases the looting began in the late afternoon so the message we have given to our drivers is that if they are in such areas they should get out as soon as possible not just for their own personal safety but also for the safety of our customer’s goods.

"We are being advised by some of our retail customers that they are keeping stock in warehouses and reducing deliveries to shops to lower stock levels in case of future disturbances."

Founded in 1994 Abby Couriers is a family run firm with a Head Office in Luckyn Lane, Basildon – more details at www.abbycouriers.com

With almost 200 staff the firm has more than 175 drivers on the road providing Same Day Delivery Services across the United Kingdom and Europe for key clients who include Yodel, FEDEX and TNT.

Abby Couriers is a member of the National Courier Association, the Federation of Small Businesses and Essex Chambers of Commerce.

During 2009 Abby Couriers won the Business to Business category in the Essex County Business Awards; the Staff Training and Development and the Business to Business Awards in the Basildon District Business Awards and the Green Business Award in the North and West London Business Awards.

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