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Stamped Out - Steve and Gill Pile have been forced to close the Charmouth Post Office.<br />
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One of Britain's oldest post offices has permanently closed after 224 years due to the government's 'disgraceful and illogical' modernisation of the service.<br />
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The popular branch, which was run by veteran postmasters Steve and Gill Pile, had served the seaside community of Charmouth in Dorset since 1795.<br />
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But they have decided to retire after the Post Office Ltd insisted the post office was downsized and moved to another shop in the village under their 'Network Transformation Scheme'.<br />
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Since Post Office Ltd have so far not been able to find an alternative venue, the village of 1,300 people is currently without a post office which also provided its only free cash point service - leaving some villagers 'in tears' and wondering how they will cope.