A POSTMISTRESS can hold her head high after a fraud conviction brought against her has been quashed in court.

Julie Cleife, 64, was given 100 hours' community service after wrongfully being accused of stealing £25,000 from the Post Office in 2010.

The ex-postmistress of Over Wallop post office, in Pound Road, and her husband Ian had to pay the Post Office £25,000, using their life savings.

She has become one of the first victims of the Horizon IT scandal to have her sentence overturned.

Mrs Cleife, whose name has been cleared at Southwark Crown Court, told The Advertiser: “I had packed it all away in a little box at the back of my mind, I didn’t want to bring it all up again.

“I was persuaded by friends and family to join the group who were appealing their convictions and I am glad I did.

“It has been difficult but to be honest, I have been very lucky in the village. People have been very supportive.”

Also in this week's paper, out tomorrow, Wednesday, December 23:

  • The first Covid vaccine is given in Andover at the Lights
  • Behind the scene's on one of the town's toughest jobs: Recognising the people who collect our bins this Christmas.
  • The Town Council has accepted a report produced in the wake of the staff grievances scandal - but a group of councillors are set to sue the authority.
  • Almost £3 million pounds has been paid out in damages following serious mistakes in care at the trust that runs Andover hospital.
  • Fancy a stroll? Five perfect places near Andover to go for a walk this Boxing Day.
  • Plus: The latest Andover cases in court, including the convicted drug dealer who didn't abide by his community order.
  • Two pages of your letters to the editor.
  • Four pages of photos from Nativity performances in the area.
  • Eight pages of puzzles to keep your mind active over the festive period.
  • The best of this year's Christmas television.
  • Photos of your pets getting into the Christmas spirit.
  • And much more!

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