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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs died in the early hours of this morning.
He was released from Norwich Prison in 2009 on compassionate grounds, as he was severely ill with pneumonia and was unlikely to recover.
Biggs was part of the gang which escaped with £2.6m from the Glasgow to London mail train on August 8, 1963.
He was given a 30-year sentence but escaped from Wandsworth prison in 1965.
In 2001, he returned to the UK seeking medical help but was sent to prison.
He had become increasingly frail in recent years after suffering several strokes, and had to communicate through a spelling board.
He was being cared for at the Carlton Court Care Home in East Barnet, North London.
Speaking earlier this year, Biggs, who was 84, said he had few regrets about the crime that made him a household name. He did however, say he regretted that the train driver was injured.
Driver Jack Mills, who was coshed, initially believed to be by Biggs, never fully recovered from the ordeal and died a few years later. It later turned out Biggs wasn’t behind the attack when James ‘Big Jim’ Hussey admitted carrying it out.