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Post Office apologises in false accounting scandal climbdown

Subpostmasters’ appeals now set to be unopposed as chair admits ‘historical failings’

The Post Office has decided not to oppose 44 of the 47 appeals lodged by former subpostmasters who were convicted of false accounting, theft, or fraud in a scandal that exposed severe flaws in its Horizon IT system.

Acknowledging “historical failings”, the Post Office chairman, Tim Parker, said the organisation would cooperate with the Criminal Cases Reviews Commission, which has referred the cases to the court of appeal for re-examination.

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