Notorious train robber Ronnie Biggs said today he is proud to have been part of the gang involved in "The Crime of the Century" almost 50 years ago.
Biggs, 83, who grew up in Lambeth, cannot speak and communicated his thoughts on the Great Train Robbery through a spelling board. He said:
"If you want to ask me if I have any regrets about being one of the train robbers, my answer is, 'No!'.
"I will go further: I am proud to have been one of them. I am equally happy to be described as the 'tea-boy' or 'The Brain'. I was there that August night and that is what counts."
His comments come ahead of the crime's August 8th anniversary. Biggs was released from prison on compassionate grounds in 2009. He said his only regrets about the incident were the injuries sustained by the train's driver.
He has contributed to a new book about the robbery - The Great Train Robbery - 50th Anniversary - 1963-2013.