Son confirms death of Great Train Robber Reynolds

Nick Reynolds said he had been looking after his father. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

Bruce Reynolds, the mastermind of the Great Train Robbery, has died - just before the 50th anniversary of the infamous heist, often hailed as one of the most audacious crimes of the 20th Century.

His son Nick Reynolds confirmed his 81-year-old father passed away in his sleep after recently falling ill.

"He hadn't been well for a few days and I was looking after him," he said. "I really can't talk at the moment. I can confirm that he has passed away and he died in his sleep."

Bruce Reynolds led the gang that made off with more than £2.5 million (worth £40 million today) when they held up the Royal Mail travelling post office which ran between Glasgow and London in August 1963.


Great Train Robber dies

Bruce Reynolds, the man behind the 1963 Great Train Robbery, has died aged 81, his son has confirmed.