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Armed robber 'Skull Cracker' jailed for life

The armed robber nicknamed the Skull Cracker has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 10 years for offences committed while on the run from an open prison.

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'Skull Cracker' Michael Wheatley sentenced to life

Michael Wheatley was recaptured in Tower Hamlets, east London, after an armed raid on the Chelsea Building Society in Sunbury-on-Thames. Credit: PA Video/PA Wire

The armed robber nicknamed the Skull Cracker has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 10 years for offences committed while on the run from an open prison.

Michael Wheatley, 55, was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court after admitting raiding a Surrey branch of the Chelsea Building Society earlier this month during five days on the run.

He robbed the building society in Sunbury-on-Thames of £18,350 on May 7.

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