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Debts drove postwoman to steal mail.

A TRUSTED post office worker stole cash from letters and packages after racking up gambling debts of pounds 50,000.

Glynis Kirvan had worked for Royal Mail for 23 years and held a position of responsibility as a delivery manager at sorting offices.

After a family ordeal, Kirvan developed a gambling habit which left her facing huge debts. In a disgraceful abuse of trust, she used her position at sorting offices in Newcastle and Cramlington to siphon off mail.

When her home was searched some 1,173 stolen items were discovered, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

They included sympathy and birthday cards which did not reach their intended destinations because Kirvan had opened them looking for cash.

Now the 54-year-old of The Drive, Whickham, Gateshead, has been jailed for 16 months after admitting theft and fraud.

Mr Justice Coulson told her: "Thefts like this cause alarm and distress among members of the public who expect to receive items."

Kirvan stole the items while dealing with mis-sorted mail at the two depots where she worked.

She began taking items in 2007 and got away with it for three years before her offending came to light by chance.

Julie Clemitson, defending, said: "She understands the harm she has caused. She is remorseful and is appalled to what she has done to people."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 2, 2012
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