Fast Eddie’s daughter-in-law wants �100,000 reward cash

FELIXSTOWE/MISSOURI: ‘Fast’ Eddie Maher’s estranged daughter-in-law today claimed she is in line for a bumper �100,000 reward following his arrest.

The former Securicor van driver, who was arrested in the USA on firearms charges, is wanted in connection with a �1million theft from Felixstowe in 1993.

Jessica King, the estranged wife of Maher’s son, Lee King, tipped off officers that Maher was wanted in England in connection with the theft and said she recognised him in a photograph taken 19 years ago.

Mrs King, 25, said she had seen a police handout picture from 1993 of Maher in his Securicor uniform and recognised him as the man she knew as Michael Maher, which was the name he was using in the US and is his elder brother’s name.

Mrs King said: “When I saw the picture of Eddie Maher, even 20 years ago, I knew it was him.”

A �100,000 reward was offered by Securior, which merged with another company to become G4S, after the alleged theft happened.

Jessica said her lawyer has been in touch with the company to see if she is entitled to the reward. G4S has confirmed they have been in contact with Suffolk police and US authorities to determine whether the reward is still valid and active.

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A spokeswoman for the company said: “Subsequent to the arrest of Eddie Maher we have been in discussions with Suffolk police to establish the status and conditions of any reward that may still be active for this investigation.

“We will be working closely with Suffolk police over the coming days to establish the facts and provide whatever assistance is required in their investigations as they continue to liaise with US authorities.”

Suffolk police say they are speaking to the authorities here and in the US with a view to Maher’s extradition.

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