Convicted Post Office workers have names cleared

Convicted Post Office workers have names cleared

Convicted Post Office workers have names cleared

39 Post Office workers have had their convictions quashed following a major miscarriage of justice.

Workers including Janet Skinner from Hull, Tom Hedges from Skegness, Dave Blakey from Cleethorpes and Nick Clarke from Barrow Upon Humber were accused of theft, fraud and false accounting.

Several people were imprisoned as a result of an error created by the flawed Horizon computer system.

Now, years later, their names have been cleared.

People have sadly lost their homes and even died while awaiting justice – many sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses were completely unaware that others were being prosecuted and convicted.

Mother-of-two Janet Skinner ran a post office in Hull.

She was imprisoned in 2007 for nine months over a shortfall of £59,000, and said the case had “destroyed everything”.

The Post Office asserted that Horizon was robust and reliable.

But at the Royal Courts of Justice, it was ruled that the prosecutions were an “affront to justice” and that the Post Office “knew there were serious issues about the reliability of Horizon” and had a “clear duty to investigate” the system’s defects.

The judgement was met with cheers from former postmasters.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the case “an appalling injustice which has had a devastating impact on these families for years.”

According to a report by the BBC, Post Office chief executive Nick Read said:

“I am in no doubt about the human cost of the Post Office’s past failures and the deep pain that has been caused to people affected.

“Many of those postmasters involved have been fighting for justice for a considerable length of time and sadly there are some who are not here to see the outcome today and whose families have taken forward appeals in their memory. I am very moved by their courage.

“The quashing of historical convictions is a vital milestone in fully and properly addressing the past as I work to put right these wrongs as swiftly as possible and there must be compensation that reflects what has happened.”

“Lessons should and will be learnt to ensure this never happens again,” added the Prime Minister.