A prolific armed robber who was arrested within four hours of an appeal on Crimewatch UK has started a 12-year jail term.
Steven Leslie Bailey - who committed more than 30 raids across central England - was arrested in March after a member of the public recognised him from a CCTV still aired on the BBC 1 programme.
Bailey, who was dubbed 'Cap Man' by investigating officers due to his trademark headgear, pleaded guilty at Worcester Crown Court this week to nine raids committed in Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and the West Midlands.
Bailey (46), from Kings Norton, Birmingham, also asked for 22 other raids, including one committed in 1987, to be taken into consideration, and admitted nine firearms offences in relation to robberies at banks, building societies and a betting shop between August 1998 and March 2005.
It is thought Bailey - who had no previous convictions - did not use a real firearm to commit the robberies.
Acting Chief Inspector Paul Williamson, the West Mercia Police officer in charge of the inquiry, revealed that Bailey, a factory worker, was detained at his workplace in Solihull, at 1.10am on March 16.
West Mercia Police took the lead role in the multi-force investigation following an armed robbery at the Halifax Building Society in Redditch in February this year.