Six in court over robberies

Police take part in joint investigation
Police take part in joint investigation

Six ​men arrested on suspicion of bank robberies in St Helens have been charged.

The join investigation by Merseyside and Cheshire Police centred on 22 robberies or attempted robberies at banks and post offices in Sefton, Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Warrington, Neston and Great Sutton.

A 23rd offence, which happened at a bank in west Hull on Tuesday November 24, also forms part of the conspiracy to commit robbery charges, which apply to the period September 25 2009 to November 24 2015.

The following people appeared before South Sefton Magistrates Court in Bootle on Saturday: Kieron Anthony Whittle, 35, of Little Parkfield Road, Aigburth; John Paul Stewart, 30, Waverley Road, Aigburth; Ian John Stewart, 48, formerly of Stonegate Drive, Toxteth; Alan Robert Lea, 38, of Verney Crescent, Toxteth; Gary Thomas McNeill, 35, formerly of Upper Pitt Street, Liverpool city centre, and Shaun James McDonald, 38, of Charleston Road, Toxteth.

A 39-year-old man arrested in Aigburth on Thursday morning on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.