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Thieving delivery driver who stole parcels over Christmas weeps as he avoids jail

06 Feb 2018, 13:33

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Stephen Hacking from Moreton stole over £800 worth of Christmas deliveries while working for Parcelforce

A Wirral delivery driver who opened packages and stole from them over Christmas wept as he was spared jail.

Stephen Hacking, 39, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court charged with three counts of theft and one of opening post illegally.

The court was told Hacking, of Cobham Road, Moreton, admitted the four counts which took place in December 2015 while he worked for Parcelforce.

Items stolen had a combined cost of £844.99 and included a mobile phone on December 10, boxes of shoes and wine on December, 22 and watches and perfume on December 23.

Hacking was hired to work at Parcelforce’s Huyton branch during the Christmas period of 2015.

Louise McCloskey, prosecuting, described how missing packages were recorded on his route from his first day of deliveries.

On December 10 he said a customer had signed for the package but in fact the customer was not in at the time and verified the forged signature was not his own.

Meanwhile, on December 22, Hacking returned with 12 undelivered items, of which at least five had been opened and blatantly resealed.


Hacking claimed items were taken “when he had left the van open” and claimed someone must have set him up as he was new to the job, before backtracking and offering a guilty plea.

Stephen Hacking from Moreton stole over £800 worth of Christmas deliveries while working for Parcelforce

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC said: “What you did was an appalling breach in trust not only to your employers but members of the public using the service.”

Charles Lander, defending, said Hacking wanted to “repay society” and was described by his wife in a statement as a “supporting, caring, understanding and thoughtful person.”


Hacking cried in the dock as Mr Lander added: “It may be a late plea but there is remorse there.”

Judge Flewitt QC ordered Hacking a 10-month suspended sentence provided he takes part in rehabilitation activity, including a thinking skills program, and sticks to a curfew.

Hacking was also ordered to pay costs of £9,252.


Thieving delivery driver who stole parcels over Christmas weeps as he avoids jail

06 Feb 2018, 23:05

Bit of an ironic surname....

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