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On-the-run Heathrow raid accused admits breaching bail

Peter Blake, suspected Heathrow warehouse armed robber
Peter Blake went missing last Wednesday

A man accused of taking part in an armed robbery at Heathrow airport has admitted breaching his bail conditions after going on the run from his trial.

Peter Blake, 57, left the Royal Courts of Justice to consult lawyers last Wednesday and did not return.

He and three others are standing trial without a jury - in a benchmark case - following the £1.75m robbery at the airport in 2004.

Mr Blake, who has been on bail since 2007, was remanded in custody.

This is the first crown court criminal trial without a jury in England and Wales for more than 350 years.

'Horrible week'

Earlier on Tuesday morning Mr Blake, from Notting Hill, west London, was rearrested and handcuffed after handing himself in at the court.

The judge warned those who had provided his £260,000 bail that they were "not out of the woods yet" with regard to possible forfeiture, despite the offender handing himself in.

A relative, who said he was he was one of the guarantors of Mr Blake's bail, said it had been "a horrible week for the family".

Mr Blake, John Twomey, Barry Hibberd and Glen Cameron are being tried by Mr Justice Treacy. All four deny a series of charges including robbery and firearm possession.

After he went on the run a spokesman for the Judicial Communications Office said: "Mr Blake has complied with bail conditions throughout the two-and-a-half years.

"He left the court building having been permitted to consult his legal team."

BBC crime correspondent Ben Ando said that after Mr Blake admitted a charge of violating his bail conditions, he apologised via his barrister.

The judge ruled Mr Blake's handcuffs could be removed while he was in the dock, but had to be worn in other parts of the court. Mr Blake will be brought to court each day in a prison van.



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