Britain’s great train robber to be freed soon

February 19th, 2009 - 3:32 am ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 19 (DPA) Britain’s Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs could be freed from jail on turning 80 later this year, media reports said Wednesday.
His son Michael told a TV channel that he expected his father to be freed and moved to a care home after his case was heard by the Parole Board in July.

Biggs, from London, was a member of a 15-strong gang which attacked the Glasgow to London mail train in 1963, making off with 2.6 million pounds.

He was given a 30-year sentence but escaped from Wandsworth prison in London in a furniture van after spending 15 months in jail.

He was on the run for more that 30 years, living in Spain, Australia and Brazil, before returning to Britain voluntarily in 2001.

Earlier this week, Biggs was returned to Norwich Prison from hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.

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