Page last updated at 20:24 GMT, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 21:24 UK

TV appeal over hunt for suspected Colne robber

Stephen Devalda
Stephen Devalda is known to have links to Spain

A suspected member of a violent gang which robbed a Royal Mail van in Lancashire is featuring on BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Stephen Devalda, 27, is wanted over the robbery in Colne in May 2005.

Two men on a motorcycle - armed with a handgun, machete and baseball bat - attacked a crew member before escaping with a substantial amount of cash.

Mr Devalda, from Salford, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in 2006 but failed to attend court.

Lancashire Police said he had not been seen since.

Dock vaulted

Mr Devalda, who is known to have links to Spain, is 5ft 9ins tall with a slim build, short dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Det Insp Simon Cheyte, leading the hunt, said: "This is a very serious offence and we are determined to get Devalda before the courts."

Another man was convicted by a jury of carrying out the raid but escaped before he was sentenced at Burnley Crown Court.

Andrew Moran, 25, from Salford, assaulted a member of the security staff, vaulted over the dock and ran from the court building in March 2009.

He is still missing and also appeared on the BBC programme last month.



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