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Suffolk bank theft suspect in US court

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Media captionEddie Maher appeared in a Missouri court wearing a prison jump suit and handcuffs

A man wanted for a £1m bank theft in Suffolk in 1993, who was arrested in the US, has appeared in court.

Eddie Maher, 56, originally of Essex, was arrested for immigration and firearms charges on 8 February in Ozark, Missouri.

About 19 years ago he disappeared after a security van packed with cash was taken from outside a Felixstowe bank.

He appeared at the United States Courthouse in Springfield in a prison jumpsuit and the case was adjourned.

The former security guard, who had been living in South Woodham Ferrers when he disappeared, appeared in court on charges of being an illegal alien in possession of four firearms.

'Fugitive tip-off'

No application for bail was made and following the hearing, which took about three minutes, Mr Maher was returned to the Greene County jail, Missouri.

Dave Stewart, managing editor of Missouri television station KSPR, said Mr Maher had appeared in good spirits, although he appeared to have lost some weight.

No new date has been set for a future court appearance.

Police in the US said Mr Maher had been arrested after officers received an anonymous tip-off that he was a "fugitive wanted in England".

Last 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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