Kevan Jones MP has today welcomed the announcement that an independent party has been appointed to investigate the Post Office’s Capture system and its impact on sub-postmasters.

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) has confirmed that it has appointed Kroll as forensic investigators to assess whether the design, implementation, and use of the Capture software package by sub-postmasters could have resulted in them suffering detriment.

Kroll will also assess whether there were issues with the way the Post Office investigated any issues associated with Capture.

Capture, which was developed by the Post Office and introduced in 1992, was an accounting software used by some sub-postmasters before the introduction of Horizon in 1999.

Several former sub-postmasters who were held accountable for alleged shortfalls while using Capture – including some who were prosecuted and sent to prison – have been in contact with Kevan Jones MP to share their stories and provide evidence that they hope will prove their innocence.

Kevan Jones MP said:

“I welcome the appointment of Kroll as forensic investigators looking into Capture and related issues.

“Capture was introduced into Post Offices over 30 years ago and it is vital that those impacted and their families get answers quickly.

“I would encourage anybody who has a story to share, about themselves or somebody they know, who may have suffered detriment as a result of using Capture in a Post Office to contact Kroll to share their story.”