POSTAL workers are standing firm over their objections to delivering The Sun newspaper in St Helens, the Star understands.

Arrangements had been made for postmen and women to deliver 22 million free copies of the tabloid’s World Cup edition around England on Thursday and on Friday.

It was decided the publication would not be delivered to large parts of Merseyside where strong feelings of resentment are still held towards the newspaper due to its coverage of the Hillsborough tragedy 25 years ago.

However, copies were due to be delivered to some parts of St Helens.

But on Wednesday morning 100 postmen and women met outside the St Helens delivery office gates and voted unanimously not to deliver The Sun, sources have told the Star.

It came after postal workers in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire had threatened to strike if they were told to deliver free copies of the newspaper.

Union bosses and Royal Mail chiefs held talks on Wednesday amid the growing row over the scheduled free delivery of the tabloid in St Helens.

A Royal Mail spokesman had said that if employees had strong objections it would look at them individually.

On Friday, a number of postmen who the Star contacted said they could not discuss the matter. However, it is understood their refusal to deliver the paper still stood.