The convicted robber known as the Skull Cracker has been arrested after an armed raid in Surrey this morning. Police say Michael Wheatley - who fled Standford Hill open prison on Saturday - has been detained.
According to an eyewitness police caught Michael Wheatley after a high speed police chase which ended with a black BMW crashing into a block of flats near Mile End Tube station.
I heard all these sirens and looked out to see a black BMW smash into one of the new blocks of flats.
I couldn't believe what was going on. Two men were in the car, one got out and did a runner but the other one was on the ground at the foot of police in seconds.The police were on them in seconds. The other man was caught running down the street moments later. All of a sudden there were around eight police cars, marked and unmarked, on the street, blocking everything off.
A robber, suspected to be the 'Skull Cracker', was armed with a gun and threatened a member of staff at a building society in Surrey before demanding money from a safe and escaping with cash.
The robbery happened at 10.20am this morning and the offender, who has not yet been identified, has been described as a white man, in his late 40s or early 50s, around six foot tall, slim to medium build, with short grey hair, Surrey Police said.
He left the bank on foot but police are also looking into the possibility he may have got into a vehicle.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Raymer, of Surrey Police, said: "Officers were at the scene within minutes of the emergency call and are doing everything possible to find the offender including recovering CCTV from the premises and surrounding area."
"Due to the nature of the offence and elements of the description, we have linked in with Kent Police as part of our enquiries and are working closely with them and colleagues in the Metropolitan Police however, at this time, the identity of the offender has not been established," he added.