'Fast Eddie' admits £1.2m theft

Eddie Maher, known as Fast Eddie, who spent almost 20 years as a fugitive in the US, today admitted at Southwark Crown Court the 1993 theft of a security van containing £1.2 million.

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"Why I handed him in" from Fast Eddie's daughter in law

The daughter in law of fugitive "Fast Eddie" has told ITV Daybreak that she handed him in to the US authorities because she feared for her life after finding out his real identity.

Eddie Maher - from South Woodham Ferrers in Essex - was jailed for five years on Tuesday, for stealing a security van containing £1.2 million in 1993.

He spent almost 20 years on the run in the US before being arrested after Jessica King - his son's ex-wife - told the authorities that he was a wanted man.

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Fast Eddie put behind bars

After almost 20 years on the run, justice has caught up with the thief nicknamed "Fast Eddie".

Eddie Maher vanished in 1993 - along with the security van he was driving - and the £1.2 million inside.

Today, Maher, who's from South Woodham Ferrers in Essex, was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to theft.

Detective Inspector David Giles from Suffolk Police says it was a meticulously-planned crime.

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Man charged with £1.2m theft to appear in court

A man charged with the theft of security van, which contained £1.2 million in 1993, is to appear at Southwark Crown Court today.

Eddie Maher photographed in 1993. Credit: Handout/PA Wire

Eddie Maher, 57, originally from South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, was arrested in the US and deported in May last year.

He was charged after the Securicor van he was driving disappeared from outside Lloyds Bank, Felixstowe on January 22, 1993.

Maher's partner, Deborah Brett, 47, his sister, Margaret Francis, 64, and a 54-year-old man, from Woodford Green, east London, are all currently on bail after being arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to commit theft.

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