Uncovering the Mr Bates vs Post Office Horizon scandal: A deep dive into the controversy
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Uncovering the Mr Bates vs Post Office Horizon scandal: A deep dive into the controversy

Jones starred as Alan Bates, who along with his partner Suzanne Sercombe used all his savings to buy a Post Office branch in Llandudno, North Wales. Their life – and that of many others – is turned upside down when the new computer system called Horizon is installed in branches across the country. As a result of errors in the technology, numerous postmasters were wrongly prosecuted between 1999 and 2015 after being accused of fraud, theft and false accounting. Reports suggest since Mr Bates Vs The Post Office was broadcast, 50 new potential victims have approached lawyers. The Post Office is wholly owned by the Government and a public inquiry into Horizon is ongoing. Speaking during a visit to Oxford on Sunday, the Prime Minister said the UK Government was “keen to do everything we can because this was appalling” and should “never have happened”.