Bad weather puts Christmas gifts delivery in doubt

Millions of Christmas gifts are stacking up in warehouses and might not be delivered in time for the big day, a haulage expert said today.

A backlog of more than four million parcels has built up as private carriers battle to overcome the 'bottleneck' in the system caused by the snow and ice.

Today, Simon Veale, director of Global Freight Solutions, said there was a chance "Father Christmas won't be coming" to certain parts of the country.

He said: "There is the very real possibility that for the first time everything won't be delivered."

He said those most likely to face a frustrating and disappointing yuletide were in Scotland and the North East - which bore the brunt of the worst weather.

"This year in Scotland and the North East it is likely Father Christmas won't be coming," Mr Veale said.

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