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No action over three arrested in 'Fast Eddie' accomplice allegations

Three people arrested as suspected accomplices of jailed fugitive "Fast Eddie" will not be prosecuted, police have confirmed.

Eddie Maher, 57, was jailed for five years earlier this month after admitting the 1993 theft of a security van containing £1.2 million.

Maher, originally from South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, spent almost 20 years on the run in the US following the theft of the Securicor van he was driving from outside a bank in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

His partner Deborah Brett, 47, sister Margaret Francis, 64, and Paul Muggleton, 54, from Woodford Green, east London, had all been on police bail after being arrested at the start of this year on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to commit theft.

Today a spokesman for Suffolk Police said: "Three people arrested and released on police bail in connection with the investigation into a security van theft outside Lloyds Bank, Felixstowe, in 1993 will receive no further police action at this stage, and have had their bail cancelled.

"A decision has been made by the Crown Prosecution Service and senior investigating officers at Suffolk Police that no further action will be taken against them at this stage."

During Maher's hearing at Southwark Crown Court, prosecutors revealed that they were looking to trace three other people in connection with the investigation

They include Maher's brother, Michael Maher, whose identity he adopted for part of his time on the run and who is now believed to be in Spain.

The other two men are acquaintances Michael Sulsh and Terrence Bender who are believed to have travelled to the US soon after Maher's disappearance.

It is understood attempts to trace the trio are continuing.