Ronnie Biggs' funeral takes place

The funeral of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has taken place in Golders Green. Biggs, who gained notoriety for spending 36 years on the run after escaping prison, died last month at 84.

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Ronnie Biggs' coffin arrives at Golders Green Crematorium

Ronnie Biggs' coffin arrives. Credit: PA

When Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs was last seen in public, at the funeral of robbery mastermind Bruce Reynolds, Biggs stuck two fingers up at journalists.

Today, as the hearse carrying his coffin passed through the streets of north London, a white floral wreath in the shape of a two-fingered salute was visible alongside a Union flag and the flag of Brazil, the country where he spent many years as a fugitive from British justice.

The funeral cortege, with a guard of honour formed by 13 Hell's Angels bikers, left the home of Biggs' son Michael and daughter-in-law Veronica in Barnet, north London, ahead of the service at Golders Green Crematorium, north London.

Ronnie Biggs stuck his fingers up to journalists as he attended the funeral of fellow Great Train Robber Bruce Reynolds last year. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Musicians follow the coffin. Credit: Tyrone Francis/ ITV News

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