Great train robber Ronnie Biggs dies

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Great train robber Ronnie Biggs has died aged 84.

Biggs was part of a gang which escaped with £2.6m from the Glasgow to London mail train on 8 August 1963 - a crime which made headlines around the world.

The audacious heist has been a subject of public fascination ever since and has been turned into afilms and a TV series shoing this evening.

Biggs 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 back to prison. He was released on compassionate grounds in 2009 after contracting pneumonia.

Biggs, who died early on Wednesday, was being cared for at the Carlton Court Care Home in East Barnet, north London

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8:35am Wed 18 Dec 13

charliebrown1 says...

shame
shame charliebrown1

9:43am Wed 18 Dec 13

behonest says...

RIP Ronnie.

A 30 year jail sentence for playing a bit part in a robbery, and you didn't hurt anyone - no wonder you escaped and went on the run!
RIP Ronnie. A 30 year jail sentence for playing a bit part in a robbery, and you didn't hurt anyone - no wonder you escaped and went on the run! behonest

11:50am Wed 18 Dec 13

Andyleigh says...

Good riddance. Parasitic scum.
Good riddance. Parasitic scum. Andyleigh

12:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

oliviaden6 says...

The Great Train Robbers sentences proved that MONEY is worth more than human lives in this country. Not only that they showed how asleep the police were in this country at the time. R.I.P, Ronnie you were a one off??
The Great Train Robbers sentences proved that MONEY is worth more than human lives in this country. Not only that they showed how asleep the police were in this country at the time. R.I.P, Ronnie you were a one off?? oliviaden6

12:34pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jackaranda says...

behonest wrote:
RIP Ronnie.

A 30 year jail sentence for playing a bit part in a robbery, and you didn't hurt anyone - no wonder you escaped and went on the run!
Although I was only an ankle biter at the time I believe the train driver was injured, but if he had died at the scene they would probably have hanged, because of the scale of the robbery at that time.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: RIP Ronnie. A 30 year jail sentence for playing a bit part in a robbery, and you didn't hurt anyone - no wonder you escaped and went on the run![/p][/quote]Although I was only an ankle biter at the time I believe the train driver was injured, but if he had died at the scene they would probably have hanged, because of the scale of the robbery at that time. Jackaranda

1:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

behonest says...

Jackaranda wrote:
behonest wrote:
RIP Ronnie.

A 30 year jail sentence for playing a bit part in a robbery, and you didn't hurt anyone - no wonder you escaped and went on the run!
Although I was only an ankle biter at the time I believe the train driver was injured, but if he had died at the scene they would probably have hanged, because of the scale of the robbery at that time.
Yes, the driver was injured and died seven years later, from leukaemia. The 'system' has tried to connect his death with the attack, but who knows.

But Ronnie Biggs did not use any violence towards the driver, or during the robbery. He played a very small part, with his notoriety coming from his escape and life on the run.
[quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: RIP Ronnie. A 30 year jail sentence for playing a bit part in a robbery, and you didn't hurt anyone - no wonder you escaped and went on the run![/p][/quote]Although I was only an ankle biter at the time I believe the train driver was injured, but if he had died at the scene they would probably have hanged, because of the scale of the robbery at that time.[/p][/quote]Yes, the driver was injured and died seven years later, from leukaemia. The 'system' has tried to connect his death with the attack, but who knows. But Ronnie Biggs did not use any violence towards the driver, or during the robbery. He played a very small part, with his notoriety coming from his escape and life on the run. behonest

1:38pm Wed 18 Dec 13

behonest says...

Oh, and is it reasonable to expect someone who played such a small part to accept having his life taken away with a 30 year jail sentence? Particularly when a member of prison staff at Medomsley got only 6 years for raping and abusing several children?

I'm not saying you're saying it's reasonable - it's just a question!
Oh, and is it reasonable to expect someone who played such a small part to accept having his life taken away with a 30 year jail sentence? Particularly when a member of prison staff at Medomsley got only 6 years for raping and abusing several children? I'm not saying you're saying it's reasonable - it's just a question! behonest

5:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

punkrocker says...

oliviaden is correct money is more important than lives. always has always will stems from middle ages and will never change. for me biggs singing biggest blow with the sex pistols is one of my favourite records ever. I still have the original 1978 poster. (b side is sid vicious my way)
oliviaden is correct money is more important than lives. always has always will stems from middle ages and will never change. for me biggs singing biggest blow with the sex pistols is one of my favourite records ever. I still have the original 1978 poster. (b side is sid vicious my way) punkrocker

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