Reward hopes fading for woman who tipped off American police officers about wanted man Eddie Maher

Eddie Maher
Eddie Maher Photo: ITVAnglia

When Jessica King discovered her father-in- law was wanted in connection with a million pound theft in England, she decided to tell the police in her local town in the American mid-west.

Soon afterwards, Eddie Maher was arrested in Ozark in Missouri. Detectives in Suffolk are now trying to get him extradited so he can be questioned about the incident in 1993 when the Securicor security van he was driving disappeared while delivering to Lloyds bank in Felixstowe. Also missing was a million pounds.

Securicor put up a reward of a hundred thousand pounds. Jessica King's lawyer believes she has a claim on that, but the company - now G4S- says that because the stolen money's never been found, she's not entitled to it. It insists the reward is still valid, but only in respect of a conviction and the recovery of the money.

Her lawyer, Brandon Potter, claimd she should be rewarded in some way for information that led to the arrest of a man that police in England had been searching for for almost 20 years.

"It would send out a very good message about the importance of being public spirited." he said.