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Suffolk 1993 bank raid suspect Eddie Maher tip-off made by relative

  • 17 February 2012
  • From the section Suffolk
Eddie Maher now (left) and in 1993
Image caption Eddie Maher - seen here on left and in 1993 on right - was arrested after a call from his daughter-in-law

The anonymous tip-off that led US police to a man wanted for a £1m bank raid in Suffolk in 1993 came from his daughter-in-law, it has emerged.

Eddie Maher, 56, originally of Essex, was arrested on 8 February in Ozark, Missouri after officers took a call.

He disappeared after a security van packed with cash was taken from outside a bank in Felixstowe.

Mr Maher is due to appear before a court in America on 22 February for a preliminary hearing.

The former security guard, who had been living in South Woodham Ferrers when he disappeared, has been charged with immigration and firearm offences in the United States.

Cannot afford lawyer

Police had said they had received an anonymous tip-off that he was a "fugitive wanted in England".

In previous TV interviews in the US, Mr Maher's son, Lee King, has claimed that he was unaware of any alleged wrong-doing by his father, or that he was from England.

"He doesn't commit crimes - he is the one who gets me out of trouble," said Mr King.

Carol Adams of the Ozark police department said it was Mr King's wife, Jessica, who alerted them to Mr Maher.

Earlier this week, it emerged Mr Maher was bankrupt and cannot afford a lawyer.

Suffolk Police are looking to start extradition proceedings to bring Mr Maher back to the UK.

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