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Great train robber Ronnie Biggs, who was evacuated to Delabole in World War Two, dies aged 84

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

  • Ronnie Biggs pictured in Rio during his years as a fugitive

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Great train robber Ronnie Biggs, who was evacuated to Delabole during World War Two, has died this morning.

The 84-year-old spent much of his life on the run after taking part in the infamous robbery of 1963, which netted the 15-strong gang £2.5 million, the equivalent of more than £40 million in today's money.

After being sentenced to a long jail term, Biggs mounted a daring escape from Wormwood Scrubs and fled to Spain and then Brazil to avoid extradition.

He returned to the UK in 2001 and was immediately sent to prison, where he remained until his release in 2009 on cpmpassionate grounds.

He is still remembered by a few people in Delabole as a schoolboy evacuated from London during the war.

He stayed in the village until 1942, and spoke of his desire to walk down a Cornish lane one final time during his last days on the run.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  December 18 2013, 8:57PM

    Thug and thief. No loss. Pity he ever wasted Cornish oxygen.

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  • Newquaygreen  |  December 18 2013, 4:23PM

    Clearly puts Delabole on the map for all the wrong reasons, is this the best it can attach itself too!

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  • TheGeofflane  |  December 18 2013, 11:56AM

    Slate finally wiped clean.

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  • TheGeofflane  |  December 18 2013, 11:55AM

    Slate finally wiped clean.

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  • josdave  |  December 18 2013, 9:04AM

    I fail to see why this man is given so much celebrity status by the media. He was a part of a gang of thieves and nothing more. This whole celebrity thing is an insult to the memory of the train driver who was badly beaten and never recovered.

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  • DipStick  |  December 18 2013, 9:04AM

    Geez! A bit of a tenuous link to Cornwall there. DS

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