‘Skull cracker’ who robbed Royston bank remanded in custody

PUBLISHED: 14:27 09 May 2014 | UPDATED: 14:35 09 May 2014

Michael Wheatley will appear at Guildford Crown Court on May 29

Michael Wheatley will appear at Guildford Crown Court on May 29

Archant

A man known as the ‘skull cracker’ has appeared in court today (Friday) charged with armed robbery while being on the run from prison.

Michael Wheatley, 55, was arrested in London along with a 53-year-old man on Wednesday after an armed robbery offence at Chelsea Building Society in Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey.

Mr Wheatley, who got his ‘skull cracker’ nickname for pistol whipping his victims, absconded from the HMP Standford Hill open prison on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, on Saturday, prompting a large manhunt by several police forces.

The 55-year-old was given 13 life sentences in 2002 for a series of bank robberies – including one in Royston.

Redhill Magistrates have remanded him in custody to appear at Guildford Crown Court on May 29.

Related articles

More news stories

Yesterday, 13:00

People in South Cambs wanting to try something new or rekindle an old hobby can go along to Foxton Bowls Club’s open day.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Royston’s own swing band will be stepping out of their American air force outfits to play a contemporary concert in Royston on May 1.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Runners in Royston and South Cambs are among the thousands stepping up to take on the London Marathon on Sunday.

Friday, April 21, 2017

All our area’s Conservative MPs had their biggest majorities yet in 2015, but will you back them again this year? Take part in our online poll to help us kick off the campaign.

”North

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Royston Crow e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter