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'Shrek' raider told by police he should never have become an armed robber... because he's so ugly everybody would recognise him

Posted on 11:41 AM by Sameer Shah

A big-eared bank raider nicknamed Shrek was jailed yesterday after being warned he is too ugly for armed robbery.

David Holyoak, 33, is such a dead ringer for the cartoon ogre that his distinctive features make it easy for police to spot him.

He was caught after a string of raids across Greater Manchester and Lancashire.




As Holyoak, of Whitefield, Greater Manchester began three-and-a-half years in jail one police officer said: 'This man only needs to look at himself in the mirror to realise armed robbery is not for him.

'With his big ears and rotund features he stands out a mile and the officers would have no trouble spotting him. He must be a total liability when he is part of a gang.

'He has already been dubbed Shrek and must be one of the ugliest robbers in the country.'

Holyoak was part of a gang who robbed a Halifax bank in Longridge near Preston in Lancashire and threatened the cashier with a sledge hammer.

The gang smashed the glass security window, before climbing through to the other side of the counter to steal cash from the tills.

The men then fled the scene in a Fiat Punto with £6,000.

A gang, including Holyoak, struck again at a post office in Bury, but their get-away car crashed into a tree.

At Bolton Crown Court, Holyoak, Lee Kirwan, 28, of Whitefield, Benjamin Anderson, 29, of Lower Broughton, Salford and Michael Lee Parr, 22, of Whitefield all pleaded guilty to robbery.

Parr, who also admitted a 70,000 raid at a jewellers was jailed for eight-and-a-half years, Anderson got five-and-a-half years and Kirwan was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

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