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'Skull Cracker' robber captured in armed raid

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.

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Police: Skull Cracker robber 'boarded high speed train'

A violent armed robber known as the "Skull Cracker" is believed to have travelled to London by train after absconding from an open prison.

Wheatley raided 13 building societies and banks Credit: Metropolitan Police

Released on a temporary licence from HMP Standford Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, on Saturday, Michael Wheatley, 55, is thought to have boarded the 9.20am high speed train from Sittingbourne, which was heading to Stratford International station, Kent Police said.

A specialist team of officers, headed by detective chief inspector Ann Lisseman, have pieced together a timeline of his movements since his disappearance and a 999 call was made to police when Wheatley failed to return to the prison at 6pm.

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