Around 200 people attended the funeral of Bruce Reynolds, mastermind of the Great Train Robbery, at a church in the City of London.
Ronnie Biggs, a co-conspirator in the heist, was amongst the guests, four years after being freed from prison following a series of strokes.
In a tribute to Reynolds, Biggs said: "Bruce was a true friend, a great friend. A friend through the good and the bad times, and we had many of both.
"He was a good friend to me and my family. My thoughts are with Nick, his son.”
Several other men with criminal backgrounds attended the funeral, including Freddie Foreman, Dave Courtney and Chris Lambrianou.
Reynolds died in his sleep last month after a period of ill-health and was laid to rest today at a private service.
His son Nick – who said he had “no interest” in August’s 50th anniversary of the heist – made an emotional tribute.
"He was a romantic, a true adventurer, a journeyman who chose a lunatic path and paid the price," he said.