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Post worker wore stolen G-string
A Dorset postman was caught wearing stolen women's underwear after his bosses became suspicious that packages were going missing, a court heard.

Matthew Furness, 35, from Weymouth, admitted two charges of stealing postal packages belonging to Royal Mail, on 1 October and 6 December last year.

Furness was caught wearing a woman's thong taken from a parcel, after a sting operation by officials.

He will be sentenced after reports and was given unconditional bail.

The court heard Furness failed to give an incorrectly addressed package containing a DVD to another sorting bay to deal with.

Caught on CCTV

Weymouth Magistrates' Court heard the film had been planted in his postbag with the wrong address, as part of a sting operation carried out by postal chiefs.

A similar operation then took place two months later when a bra and a thong, worth 49, were placed in the system.

Furness again failed to carryout the correct procedure, the court heard.

He was then caught on CCTV hiding the addresses on packages and keeping them for himself.

Undergoing counselling

He denied stealing, saying he was being "stitched up", when he was first confronted and items were discovered in his jacket pocket.

The court heard when Furness was asked to strip by police looking for the missing underwear, he was found to be wearing the thong.

The bra has never been found but the DVD was discovered at his home, the hearing heard.

Ian Brazier, defending, told the court that Furness was an "opportunist" rather than a sophisticated thief and that he was undergoing counselling.



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