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"Fast Eddie" jailed after 20 years

It was the security van theft that left police chasing a missing million pounds - and Eddie Maher a fugitive for almost 20 years.

Today justice finally caught up with "Fast Eddie" - as he began a five year jail term for taking the Securicor van from outside the Lloyds Bank in Felixstowe in 1993.

Maher, from South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, fled to America, changed his name and made a new life for himself and his family. But last February he was deported back to the UK.

Malcolm Robertson reports from Southwark Crown Court where Maher finally admitted stealing the money...

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Outlining the case, prosecutor Richard Southern QC said on the day of the theft Maher had been on the delivery run with colleague Peter Bunn, who was responsible for carrying cash from the van to the bank.

He said: "Mr Bunn recalls that when they arrived in Felixstowe the bank was not open and he had to wait a while.

"Once inside he was delayed and tried to contact Mr Maher to tell him. He could not make contact but was not at that point concerned because the radio signal was variable.

"It was not until he came out of the bank that he found the van had disappeared."

It is thought Maher drove the van to nearby Landguard Point where he got into its secure area and loaded about 30 sacks of cash into a stolen getaway vehicle.

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