A 69-year-old man from Hastings, who tried to rob three banks in Bexhill and St Leonards, has been imprisoned.
Alan Slattery, a resident of Hoad’s Wood Road, handed over a note to employees at the National Building Society branches in St Leonards and Bexhill, as well as the Natwest branch in Bexhill, demanding they hand him cash from their tills.
The note stated: “I’M NOT F****** ABOUT, JUST PASS ME THE 10’S AND 20’S NOW AND NO ONE WILL GET HURT.”
Despite his brazen request, Slattery was denied by the bank staff and departed on foot without acquiring any money, leaving the note at each of the three locations.
The note Slattery provided to the bank employees
After examining CCTV footage, Slattery was promptly apprehended and charged with three counts of attempted robbery following the events on Friday, 10 February.
On Wednesday, 5 April, Slattery was sentenced to 32 months in prison at Lewes Crown Court.
A CCTV snapshot of Slattery entering one of the banks
Inspector Olivia Carroll from the Hastings and Rother Neighbourhood Policing Team commented: “Slattery is well-known for his previous offences in the area and could therefore be easily identified by staff who reported the incidents to us.”
She added, “This led to him being quickly arrested by officers and charged within just 12 hours. He was also remanded in custody to prevent him from re-offending and causing further harm to our communities.”
“I welcome this custodial sentence, which demonstrates that Sussex Police will not tolerate business crime, and we will continue to work alongside the business community to protect them from harm and bring perpetrators to justice.”