Staff sue PO for theft slur

The Star Early Edition - - METRO - Daily News

MORE than 550 sub-post­mas­ters branded crooks by their own bosses turned the ta­bles on Wed­nes­day by tak­ing the Post Of­fice to court.

In a land­mark class ac­tion, they told the High Court in Lon­don, UK, their lives had been ru­ined by false ac­cu­sa­tions of theft.

Some had at­tempted sui­cide, oth­ers had died fight­ing for jus­tice in a dis­pute span­ning more than a decade.

One widow brought some of her late hus­band’s ashes in a box so he could fi­nally “have his day in court”.

Run­ning post of­fice branches in vil­lage stores, the sub-post­mas­ters and mis­tresses were the back­bones of their com­mu­ni­ties un­til the Post Of­fice pros­e­cuted them as thieves.

Many were jailed, ended up bank­rupt and had their rep­u­ta­tions shred­ded over thou­sands of pounds sup­pos­edly “miss­ing” from their branch ac­counts.

But it later emerged that glitches in new com­puter ter­mi­nals in­stalled in their shops could have been blamed for the short­falls.

The Post Of­fice in­sists there is noth­ing sig­nif­i­cantly wrong with its com­put­ers and has so far spent £5 mil­lion (R92m) of tax­pay­ers’ money on lawyers to fight off the claims of its for­mer sub-post­mas­ters. |

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