Funeral for Plymouth 'career criminal' Alan Levers who died during armed robbery – Plymouth Live

Alan Levers “had everything to live for” after seeming to be overcoming a life of drugs and crime, say his family
A grieving family has said goodbye to a much-loved grandfather who died while trying to rob a city bookies. Alan Levers, aged 50, died in January after being held face down by panicked customers in Ladbrokes, on Crownhill Road.
His grieving family were finally able to lay him to rest today. Father Morgan, who conducted the service, gave a touching tribute to Alan and his dedication to his partner and family.
The classic song and Liverpool Football Club anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone was played as the family left the service at Weston Mill Crematorium, in dedication to his support of the team.
The dad-of-four burst into Ladbrokes wearing a gas mask and wielding an imitation pistol on Friday, January 25 at around 6.45pm. He was apprehended by customers who held him face down on the floor, still wearing the gas mask, until police arrived.


Police praised the “brave” actions of customers who would not have known the gun was fake. An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on Thursday, January 31. The Coroner heard a post-mortem examination was yet to establish a cause of death.
At the time of the incident, Levers’ nephew spoke out to apologise to those affected and pay tribute to his uncle.
Stephen Levers said: “There is a lot of upset. What he did upset a lot of people and we are sorry for that.
“Believe me, as a family we are truly sorry. But we also lost our uncle, which is tragic.
"It’s hard because he had issues in life; you don’t want to do what he’s done. But I can’t make him out to be a bad person because he wasn’t.”
Liverpool fan Alan was born and bred in Honicknowle and went to Honicknowle school. The grandfather-of-two was a steel fixer by trade but had problems with drugs and had served time in prison for similar crimes.
However, the family believed he had turned his life around.
33-year-old Stephen said at the time of the incident: “In the last two years he had changed – he’d been brilliant. He’d just been like normal, back to himself.”
Another of Levers’ nephews, 28-year-old Peter Levers, revealed in January that Alan had health problems which the family believe may have contributed towards his death.
Peter said: “He had a shadow on his lung. He had been quite ill; they thought it might have been cancer. It could have affected his breathing.”
After the incident, the family were left confused as Levers seemed to be getting his life back on track.
Peter said: “I can’t understand why he would do this when he had everything to live for.”

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