POST OFFICE HORIZON IT SCANDAL – 80 detectives across the UK are set to investigate

The public inquiry into why more than 700 sub-postmasters were wrongly convicted is not expected to publish its final report until autumn 2025 – meaning any potential criminal charges may not be filed until 2026 at the earliest.

The criminal investigation into the Post Office scandal is to be expanded, with 80 detectives set to be involved.  This is now widening to forces across the UK as a public inquiry into the scandal progresses.

The Metropolitan Police started examining possible offenses, including perjury and perverting the course of justice, in January 2020.  

Hundreds of sub-postmasters were wrongly convicted of theft and false accounting because of a faulty IT system called Horizon.  Some died, not knowing their convictions had been overturned.

Met Commander Stephen Clayman, overseeing the investigation, said officers understood the “widespread and devastating impact” of the scandal.  And added, “We do not underestimate the seriousness of the task at hand and are determined to carry out a full investigation with independence, precision, and integrity.”