MAIL services in Alloa are currently suspended, following the “temporary closure” of an in-branch Post Office in the town centre.

While officials refused to explain the reason behind the decision, notices at the Little Greens convenience store say an “audit” is taking place.

Post Office Ltd insists closures are “never taken lightly” and confirmed the services have been unavailable since Wednesday, February 6.

The company says it is “working hard to restore services for the community as quickly as possible”, but could not give a firm date for reopening.

Meanwhile, customers are being advised to visit Sauchie or Tullibody for their mail needs.

A Post Office spokeswoman said: “We sincerely apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of Alloa Post Office.

“We understand and appreciate how much communities rely on our services.

“We would like to reassure customers that the decision to suspend services at any of our branches is never taken lightly.

“We take very seriously any decision to temporarily close a branch, and will only do so when it is warranted.

“We are working hard to restore services for the community as quickly as possible.”

When pressed by the Advertiser, the spokeswoman would not confirm the nature of the temporary closure, adding that they cannot say any more.

A spokeswoman for Fife-based Eros Retail Ltd, which owns the Mill Road shop in Alloa, said: "There has been a temporary closure of Alloa Post Office due to procedural reasons. 

"We would like to extend our deepest apologies for these circumstances, which have been out-with our control. 

"We are working with the Post Office in order to ensure normal operation is resumed for our customers as swiftly as possible.

"We fully understand the importance of Post Offices services within the local community and are accordingly treating this as a matter of high priority."