Thief axed from post office role

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A SHOPKEEPER who stole nearly £19,000 has been stripped of his sub-postmaster title.

Purgan Gill was spared jail after stealing the money in a lottery ticket scam at the South Hylton post office branch which he ran.

 The 40-year-old kept cash handed over by customers placing their weekly Lotto numbers, rather than forwarding it on to the Post Office.

 Gill, who also runs the Costcutter shop in which the post office is based, publicly apologised for his actions in the Echo last week.

 But bosses at the Post Office have confirmed he has been axed from his sub-postmaster position.

 A spokesperson said: “We can confirm that the previous postmaster, Mr Purgan Gill, will not be reinstated at Hylton Post Office, Sunderland.”

 Last week Gill thanked the community for all their support throughout his difficult time and said he was eager for life to return to normal.

 At a court case earlier this month Newcastle Crown Court heard that Gill, from South Hylton, had used the stolen money to help pay for and renovate the Railway Terrace business.

Click here to read Gill’s apology