Brothers in dock accused of theft of packages

TWO brothers who worked at a Wigan post office stole mail packages, a court heard.

Their dishonesty came to light after an official from the UK Border Agency arrived at the post office in Wigan Lane on April 1 last year during an investigation.

He found that 18-year-old Ali Akbar was working behind the counter, but his immigration visa had expired on December 21, 2007.

At the time, his older brother, Kamran Ali, 33, was not present as he was in Pakistan, said John Gibson, prosecuting at Liverpool Crown Court.

The official, along with two police officers, then went to the home of the brothers in Green Avenue, Bolton and conducted a search.

In the bedrooms used by the brothers, they found stolen property included two laptops, a large number of mobile phones, two DVD players and other electrical equipment.

A total of 32 items were recovered, claimed Mr Gibson, including electrical items, coins worth £1,100, which had been posted for return to the Royal Mint, and a large pink holdall.

He added: “It was clear to the officers that the property must have come from Wigan Lane post office.

“Both men played an active role in running the post office and Kamran was intending to take over from the incumbent post master.”

The brothers both deny conspiring to steal postal packages between December 2008 and April 1, 2009.

Mr Gibson told the jury that Akbar has admitted he was stealing parcels.

He accepted he was stealing, but not in agreement with his brother.

(Proceeding)