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Ronnie Biggs, the man behind the Britain’s Great Train Robbery died

Dec 19, 2013 16:29 IST

Ronnie Biggs who took part in the Great Train Robbery in Britain in 1963 died at the Carlton Court Care Home in East Barnet, north London on 18 December 2013 due to multiple strokes. He was 84 years old.

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The Great Train Robbery was called the Crime of the Century. The gang, of which Biggs was a part, escaped with 2.6 million pound (equivalent to 40 million pounds today) from the Glasgow to London mail train on 8 August 1963.

He was given a 30-year sentence in 1964, but he escaped after 15 months by fleeing over the walls of London's Wandsworth prison in April 1965. He was again jailed in 2001 after being on the run for 36 years, mainly in Australia and Brazil.
He was finally freed in 2009 on "compassionate grounds" by then Justice Secretary Jack Straw who said he was not expected to recover.

Christopher Pickard was the ghost writer of Biggs autobiography titled Odd Man Out. It was published in 1994.

He was generally referred as the 'tea-boy' or 'The Brain'.

The BBC would be releasing two film dramas made on Biggs. The name of films are A Robber's Tale and A Copper's Tale.

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Who: Ronnie Biggs

Where: London

What: Died

When: 18 December 2013

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