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Notorious Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs dies

Ronald "Ronnie" Biggs became the most infamous member of the gang that committed the Great Train Robbery - one of the most notorious robberies in British criminal history.

In August 1963, a gang held up the Royal Mail travelling post office that ran between Glasgow and London, stealing £2.6 million (equivalent to around £40 million today).

Ronnie Biggs pictured in July 1963. Credit: PA Wire

Biggs was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in the heist. But he managed to escape from Wandsworth Prison after just 15 months by climbing a 25 foot wall and jumping onto a mattress in a furniture van.

He then fled to Brazil, where he lived for 30 years.

Ronnie Biggs seen in September 1988 during the filming of The Prisoner of Rio. Credit: PA Wire

Biggs found himself back behind bars when he agreed to voluntarily return to Britain in 2001.

Suffering from pneumonia, Biggs was released from prison in 2009 on compassionate grounds.

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