Former Croxton Kerrial postmistress lied to police about armed robbery

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A former postmistress has pleaded guilty to falsely reporting an armed robbery at her post office in the Vale of Belvoir.

Margaret Player, of Main Street, Croxton Kerrial, pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court to perverting the course of justice, theft and fraud.

She is due to be sentenced on Monday, July 7.

Player (47) reported a robbery at the post office where she worked as a postmistress in Main Street, Croxton Kerrial, on December 20, 2011.

Officers attended the incident and carried out extensive enquiries to try and identify those responsible.

During the investigation discrepancies were identified in the report and financial accounts at the post office.

Player was interviewed by officers in January 2012 and subsequently charged with falsely making a report of robbery, fraud and theft.

Detective Constable Rob Buckley, who investigated the incident, said: “When Margaret Player reported the robbery she informed the call handler that a firearm had been used to threaten her and steal money.

“As a result officers from the armed response team were deployed to the incident.

“The initial response and subsequent enquiries resulted in many police hours being spent on the investigation.

“The enquiries spanned over two years and following those enquiries it was in January 2012 that we were able to arrest and interview Margaret Player.”

He added: “We are pleased that Margaret Player has pleaded guilty to the offences put before her in court.

“This was a complex investigation and we hope that this conviction will deter others who may be considering abusing their position of trust.

“We would also like to thank the local community for their assistance and patience during the investigation.”