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Ronnie Biggs, "thief of the century" dies

El célebre ladrón Ronald Biggs

El célebre ladrón Ronald Biggs.

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Actualizada 19/12/2013 a las 06:56
  • EUROPA PRESS. MADRID | TRANSLATION: NATHAN READ (CNAI)
Ronald Biggs, the most famous robber of the 1960s, died on Wednesday at a nursing home in London at 84 years old, according to the BBC.

Known as the 'robber of the century', Biggs took part in a train robbery in 1963. The train had stopped at signalling and Biggs and his eleven associates took 120 bags of money amounting to 2.6 million pounds (in the currency of the time), equivalent to 40 million pounds today.

The robbery took place without the employees noticing but during the robbery, Biggs seriously hurt the driver, Jack Mills, who died six years later.

Biggs was condemned to 30 years in prison but only served one year before escaping over the wall of Wandsworth prison. In his flight, he passed through Belgium, France and Austria before arriving in Brazil, where he lived for 36 years in freedom in Río de Janeiro.

Biggs returned to the UK in 2001 to receive medical treatment, but was imprisoned. In 2009 he was released on humanitarian grounds after suffering pneumonia.

In 2000, in an interview with BBC Radio 1, before his return to the UK, Biggs revealed that he only had 147,000 pounds left from the robbery but that he had "gone through it all in 3 years". From that point, he said, he had to "live from his reputation".

Biggs regretted having hurt the driver: "I wish it hadn’t happened but you can’t turn back the clock", he said, although he made it clear he in no way regretted having committed the robbery.


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