Royal Mail has responded after it was reported to police that bleach was found on Marlow's gold postbox.

Marlow woman, Liz Wilks was walking down the high street when she noticed a "frothy white milk substance" which she was later told was bleach.

The incident was reported to Thames Valley Police who confirmed they are investigating the claims.

A Royal Mail spokesperson said: “While we cannot comment on what is an ongoing police investigation, we can confirm that we will be repainting the postbox as soon as possible."

High Wycombe resident Matthew, who grew up in Marlow and enjoys god walks in the town described the situation as "absurd"

He said: "I personally don't understand the difference between going up to postbox and smothering it in bleach versus hiding razor blades in dog food in the park.

"I think both have malicious intentions and you shouldn't be allowed to do things like that."

Liz noticed the substance on the postbox last Thursday (June 16) which she was later informed was bleach by the local post office.

She said: "I took my letter to the post office and handed it to the postmaster asking about substance around the base of the high street post box.

"There was a postwoman having her paperwork signed and she said it is not milk, it is bleach.

"She advised that she had sprayed it there to stop dogs peeing around it.

"I was horrified as there was not a sign on the box to say that she had sprayed it.

"I was thinking that dogs could lick it or stand on it burning their paws!"

Postboxes across the UK are repainted gold in the hometowns of every gold medal-winning Team GB Olympic and Paralympic athlete.

After a campaign for Royal Mail to turn the postbox on Marlow High Street from red to gold to honour Sir Steve Redgrave failed, it was painted gold in 2012 to celebrate Paralympian Naomi Riches’ success.