By Sam Greenhill Chief Reporter For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:57 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 08:40 GMT, 3 March 2020
Postmasters who claim they were wrongly jailed for theft are to spearhead Britain’s largest ever miscarriage of justice case.
Their lives were ruined when money apparently went missing from their branches.
But it later emerged that the Post Office’s counter-top terminals were riddled with bugs.
Tracy Felstead was thrown into jail as a teenager, her supposed crime was to ‘steal’ £11,500 from the post office where she worked in her first job after leaving school. The 36-year-old mother-of-three said: I’d like to think justice will now be swift'
The Post Office eventually settled a long-running High Court case brought by 550 former postmasters who were wrongly accused, agreeing to pay them £58million last year.
And yesterday the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which examines possible miscarriages of justice, revealed that it is considering pleas from 56 of them to have their convictions quashed.
In a letter to claimants, it says it will decide this month whether to refer the cases to the Appeal Court.
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