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Man faces deportation over theft

A British man wanted by police for 19 years after a £1m security van robbery could be deported from the United States within days following an application by immigration authorities.

Eddie Maher, known as "Fast Eddie", has been held in a US jail since February after his arrest in Ozark, Missouri, on immigration charges.

Maher, 56, vanished after the theft from a Securicor van in Felixstowe, Suffolk, in 1993. He has been wanted by Suffolk Police for questioning ever since.

A motion has been filed with the Court of the Western District of Missouri in which an immigration judge ordered Maher's deportation to the UK.

Maher is not contesting deportation and is in the custody of US immigration authorities. The motion is expected to be granted later and a schedule would then be put in place confirming specific details of his deportation.

Maher was working for a cable company in Ozark when he was arrested. He is believed to have been working under the name of his brother, Michael, and had regularly moved around the US.

The Securicor van theft happened outside Lloyds Bank in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe. The van vanished and was later found empty on the seafront.

If extradited to the UK, Maher is expected to face questioning from Suffolk Police.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said the force was aware of the developments and had been in contact with the British Consulate in Chicago.

A formal request for a travel document for Eddie Maher has not yet been received and it is not clear how long that will take. The spokesman added: "Until this has been obtained we will not know exact details around his deportation."

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