Village’s Post Office to open

Broughton Village Store, Garstang Road, Preston
Broughton Village Store, Garstang Road, Preston
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A village Post Office is due to reopen more than three years after a £100,000 fraud forced its closure.

On Monday September 24 Broughton Post Office will reopen in Rai’s Broughton Village Store, on Garstang Road, Preston, after a successful public consultation.

The village’s old store which was located 130 yards away, closed in 2009 after former postmaster Jacqueline McDonald stole almost £100,000 from the branch.

The new service will be run by Bhagat Singh, 22, who runs the newsagent.

Preston Councillor Tom Davies who represents Preston Rural East, said: “It is brilliant news that we have got a new Post Office, we have been waiting for it for quite some time.
“There are a lot of older people around here who have had to travel further afield.”

Liz Morgan, from the Post Office, said: “We received a small amount of feedback during the public consultation in support of our plans.

“I am confident that the new site is well located and is the best way to restore services to the local community.

“Post Office customers will benefit from the extensive opening hours provided by the new retailer which is open Monday to Saturday 7am to 9pm and Sunday 7.30am to 4pm.”

The new branch will operate include a range of services including automated banking services, bill and budget payment schemes, Post Office card payment and postal orders.

Jacqueline McDonald, 45, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of theft and false accounting totalling nearly £100,000.

She was jailed for 18 months but was released after four-and-a-half months on good behaviour and a proceeds of crime hearing ordered she must pay back just £1 due to a lack of ‘realisable’ assets.