Re-Routed Post In Royal Mail Scam
Monday 25th April 2016 @ 14:16 by Lee Wild
Ashton Denton & Audenshaw News

Royal Mail worker Natalie Wallwork was blasted by a judge in Manchester for stealing damaged packages and re-routing them to her home.

During the short-lived scam last November, she even used her employer’s stamps, it was said at the city’s magistrates’ court.

District Judge John Temperley spared sending her straight to jail telling her: “What you did seriously damages the reputation of the Royal Mail.

“These offences cross the custody threshold and there was a high level of a breach of trust.”
Wallwork, 32, of Manor Road, Denton, pleaded guilty to six counts of theft and was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for a year.

The judge ordered her to pay £500 prosecution costs along with an £80 victim surcharge.

Prosecutor Roger Brown said Wallwork had worked for Royal Mail since 2002 and was of unblemished character. At the time she was in the Mail Centre on Oldham Road, Ancoats.

Stolen

It had been her job to repair damaged parcels but last year she began stealing them.

Mr Brown said she had re-labelled packages sending them to herself, her parents’ home and to her partner’s workplace.

But bosses quickly became suspicious. She was trapped after being sent ‘test’ parcels and one of them was found to have been sent to her home.

She made a full confession to investigators and resigned shortly after.

The value of the items, including a computer tablet and car seat covers, was estimated at £500.

Karl Benson, defending, said in 2014 Wallwork had undergone an unsuccessful operation for kidney stones.

It left her unable to walk without crutches.

“She also suffers from depression and anxiety and behaved out of character,” added Mr
Benson.