A Chorleywood resident has shared his views on how the Post Office scandal may have had a negative effect on the village.
The scandal saw hundreds of sub-postmasters across the country falsely accused and convicted of stealing money, which had actually disappeared due to faults with the company’s Horizon computer system.
One resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke to Chorleywood News about how he believes that false suspicions of theft may have led to the removal of the village’s well-liked sub-postmaster.
The incident in question took place around the early 2000s and saw the Post Office closed for several months afterwards until a new sub-postmaster was installed, whilst the accused man (whose identity is unknown) disappeared from the village shortly afterwards.
The resident said: “We lost a lovely man due to this; it’s disgraceful. He was distraught, and afterwards he completely disappeared. He was such a nice guy.
“I think the people responsible for this whole mess should be imprisoned. In my opinion, they were the ones who stole the money.”
The town’s Post Office remained open for more than a decade after this incident, but eventually closed its doors in early 2019 in the aftermath of a robbery. The village was left without this important community space until a new kiosk open inside Lord’s hardware store in 2020, after much pressure from residents.
Awareness of the scandal has reached fever pitch in recent weeks, due to the broadcast of ITV drama Mr Bates vs The Post Office.