Pensioner, 69, tried to rob three banks with a threatening handwritten note

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An elderly pensioner who tried to rob three banks using a threatening hand-written stick-up note has been jailed.

Alan Slattery, 67, handed staff at three banks in two southeast England a chicken scratch message demanding they give him cash from the till.

He targeted a National Building Society in St Leonards and in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, and at Natwest in Bexhill, all between 2pm and 3.20pm on February 10.


But bank clerks at all three branches simply refused to carry out the retiree’s ‘shameless’ request, Sussex Police said, so he left empty-handed.

This isn’t the first time Slattery has tried to rob a bank, Inspector Olivia Carroll, of the Hastings and Rother Neighbourhood Policing Team, said.

‘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 said.

‘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.’

Appearing at Lewes Crown Court on April 5, Slattery was sentenced to two years and eight months behind bars.

‘I welcome this custodial sentence, which shows 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,’ Carroll added.

In 2021, Slattery once again used scruffy hand-written notes to threaten banks in Hastings and Eastbourne into handing over money.

‘Your screen won’t stop what I’ve got, just hand over the 10s and the 20s. Think about the other customers,’ the note said, according to police at the time.

At least, that’s what the police think it said; the clerk at the Nationwide Building Society on Terminus Road, Bexhill, couldn’t read the note on March 18 that year.

So Slattery’s scrawl cost him the cash and he left the bank empty-handed.

Only eight days later, Slattery tried the same stunt, police said, at the Nationwide Building Society branch in London Road, St Leonards.

A bank teller gave the OAP £2,400 in notes as he stood there silently.

But on April 1, Slattery botched yet another bank robbery when the teller at the NatWest bank in Havelock Road, Hastings, refused to give him the money.

Using CCTV and his bus pass to match Slattery to the suspect, officers found a raft of sticky notes in his home that matched the messages passed to cashiers.

Slattery pleaded guilty to two charges of robbery and two counts of attempted robbery.

He was handed in July 2021 at Lewes Crown Court a six-year extended sentence, comprising four years in custody and two years on licence.

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