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Funeral for Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs, who spent three decades on the run, has been given an appropriate send off with his hearse carrying a floral wreath in the shape of a two-fingered salute en route to his funeral.

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Bronson sends email tribute to 'diamond geezer' Biggs

An email from notorious prisoner Charles Bronson has been read out at the funeral of Ronnie Biggs in which he paid tribute to the Great Train Robber as "staunch, solid, loyal to the end".

The homage from Bronson continued:

Much respect to a diamond geezer. I do hope the royal family show their respect with a nice train wreath. Three cheers to you Ron, we love you buddy.

Nick Reynolds, the son of the late mastermind of the 1963 robbery Bruce Reynolds, meanwhile described Biggs in heroic terms, saying:

The word legend is defined in the dictionary as an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field, and Ron certainly fits that description.

Speaking about the ill health Biggs had suffered in his last years, Mr Reynolds said: "The house was a wreck but the lights were on and Ron was very much at home."

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