Eastbourne pensioner from Meads charged with bank robbery

A 67-year-old retired man from Eastbourne has been charged with a bank robbery in St Leonards.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 10:59 am

Alan Slattery, of Silverdale Road, appeared in custody at Brighton Magistrates Court on April 3 and was committed for trial, with an initial appearance at Lewes Crown Court on a date not yet confirmed, police say.

According to police, he is charged with a robbery on March 26, by entering the Nationwide Building Society in London Road in St Leonards, handing a note to and threatening a member of staff, then taking £2,400 cash.

Slattery is also charged with two other attempted robberies – one on March 18 by entering the Nationwide branch in Terminus Road in Eastbourne, where he is alleged to have handed a note to and threatened a member of staff, but left without taking any money.

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The other attempted robbery is alleged to have taken place on April 1 at the NatWest in Havelock Road in Hastings.

Police say no weapon was seen or used on any occasion and there was no physical violence or injury.

According to police, the charges, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, follow an investigation by Criminal Investigation Department officers across East Sussex.