Police warn the public about approaching Wheatley

Police are continuing to hunt a violent armed robber dubbed "the Skull Cracker" who has gone missing after temporarily being allowed out of prison.

Michael Wheatley, 55, who was given 13 life sentences in 2002 for a string of brutal raids on banks,failed to return to HMP Standford Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent Police said.

HM Prison Standford Hill in Kent where Michael Wheatley was held before his escape. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Anyone with any information or who sees Wheatley is asked to not approach him and to instead contact police by calling 999."

The spokesman said Wheatley, originally of Limehouse in east London, has links across south east England.

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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.