Administrator blunders by giving convicted rapist delivery job in girl’s school
| Mar 6th 2015 | 2 min read
Prestwich, UK: A vile sex fiend who was jailed for raping a five-year-old girl was allowed to land a plum job delivering post to schools after a shocking admin blunder.
Twisted Andrew Horrocks was able to work as a delivery operative for TNT Whistl for more than a year after his sickening past was not flagged up when he was recruited.
Horrocks, 35, was jailed for 12 years in 2007 on four counts of rape and two of sexual assault against a five-year-old girl.
But he was employed in December 2013 as a delivery operative for Whistl, based at its sorting depot in Sedgley Park, Prestwich.
According to the Manchester Evening News, he was sacked this week after the company was alerted to his conviction by another member of staff.
Now TNT Whistl is carrying out a review of all 3,000 of its delivery staff after the 'administrative error' led to Andrew Horrocks being employed.
Horrocks, from Wigan, had declared to Whistl that he had an unspent conviction for a 'sexual offence', but the company claim he did not give them the full details of the offence.
The firm, which employs 4,500 nationally, says it then did a Criminal Record Bureau check on Horrocks, which confirmed he had a conviction but the information was not passed on during the recruiting process.
No attempt was made by the company to glean the full details of his conviction.
In a statement, a spokesman for Whistl, said: "Andrew Horrocks was employed as a delivery operative by the company in autumn 2013. He was subject to a CRB check and the ongoing associated Mail Integrity Code of Practice for the delivery of mail.
"He had declared an unspent conviction and due to an unacceptable administrative error, the conviction was not highlighted. As soon as we became aware of the conviction, we met with Mr Horrocks and agreed to terminate his employment.
"We are currently undergoing a thorough review of the existing paperwork for delivery personnel and recruitment processes to ensure that this is an isolated incident. We are distressed that this situation has arisen as we aim to work to the very highest standards. "
One member of staff at the Prestwich depot said: "This has caused panic among the management at work. Horrocks has been going to schools and businesses as well as private homes - that is what we do. We deliver post to those kind of premises.
"I think it is shocking that this can happen."
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