THE Post Office in Alloa has reopened for the first time since it was mysteriously closed as a result of an "operational issue".

A small notice was put up inside the branch on February 6, which claimed an “audit” was taking place.

Five other branches throughout Fife were also closed to the public as the investigation took place.

All of the affected branches were run by Eros Retail which trades under the name Greens, with the Alloa store named Little Greens.

Post Office officials maintained that the closures were procedural, but failed to offer up an exact reason and refusing to confirm if police were involved at any stage.

The move Alloa caused headaches for Alloa residents, some of whom relied on the post office to do their banking after the High Street’s RBS closed last year.

This prompted Keith Brown MSP to intervene, challenging the Post Office chief executive to come out and give an explanation to loyal customers.

However, last Wednesday, February 27, the post office reopened with a notice in the window simply giving the opening hours.

Upon pressing the Post Office, they also confirmed that the Fife branches – Leven, Coaltown, Markinch, Windygates and Colinsburgh – had all also reopened.

A Post Office spokesperson said: "We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused by the recent temporary closure of Alloa Post Office, which was due to an operational issue.

"We are pleased to confirm that the branch has now reopened at the same site and is operating as normal.

“Customers can visit the branch between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am-12noon, on Saturday, for a range of convenient Post Office services, including access to their high street bank account, where they withdraw and deposit cash and check their balance.”

Eros Retail also released a statement which read: “We are pleased to confirm that Alloa Post Office has now reopened.

“We understand the importance of the Post Office in our local communities and convey our apologies to our customers for the inconvenience caused.”