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Former post office boss Paula Vennells has stepped down from managerial positions at retailers Morrisons and Dunelm as well as her role as Church of England minister after a serious miscarriage of justice.

It comes after 39 deputy postmasters wrongly convicted of theft, fraud and false accounting reversed Friday by the Court of Appeal.

Ms Vennells was the post office’s general manager from 2012 to 2019 when reports of a faulty computer system called Horizon were not properly reviewed.

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Ex-postmistress: “ I lost confidence in the justice system ”

This led to a vast miscarriage of justice in which hundreds of postmasters, many of whom have already won civil cases against La Poste, were prosecuted.

On Monday, supermarket chain Morrisons and home goods retailer Dunelm confirmed, as first reported by Sky News, that Ms. Vennells was to step down as a director of their board of directors with immediate effect.

Morrrisons President Andrew Higginson said: ‚ÄúPaula has been an insightful, efficient and hardworking non-executive director, and on behalf of the board, I want to thank her for her significant contribution over the past five years. . “

Dunelm Chairman Andy Harrison said: “We respect Paula’s decision to step down from the board and I would like to thank her for the positive contribution she has made to the company since her appointment in September 2019. . “

Ms Vennells said in a statement Friday that she was “very sorry” for the suffering caused to the deputy postmasters and that she had pledged to cooperate with an ongoing government investigation.

She also announced on Sunday that she would be stepping down from her duties as a partner …

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