The Post Office Investigation Branch (IB) was tasked with immediately establishing the amount of money stolen, which they concluded totalled £2,595,997.10s.0d. 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Voluntary return to UK jurisdiction 7 May 2001, Escaped 8 July 1965; Released 7 August 2009 (Served 3,875 days; 10 years 10 months), 30 years (25 years for conspiracy to rob and 30 years for armed robbery), 20 years (20 years for conspiracy to rob and various receiving stolen goods charges), 25 years (20 years for conspiracy to rob and 5 years for obstructing justice), The 1966 German three-part TV mini series, In 1988, Buster Edwards' experiences were made into the comedy-drama, A comedy version was staged in the 1966 film. ][non-primary source needed] According to Piers Paul Read in his 1978 book The Train Robbers, he was "a solitary thief, not known to work with either firm, he should have had a good chance of remaining undetected altogether, yet was known to be one of the Train Robbers almost at once—first by other criminals and then by the police". The Great Train Robbery was de eerste Amerikaanse western. A furniture van was parked alongside the prison walls and a ladder was dropped over the 30-foot-high wall into the prison during outside exercise time, allowing four prisoners to escape, including Biggs. Being involved in the Great Train Robbery, our name was good. They also found a large quantity of food, bedding, sleeping bags, post-office sacks, registered mail packages, banknote wrappers and a Monopoly board game. The Great Train Robbery was the robbery of £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line in the early hours of 8 August 1963, at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England. The plot saw two other prisoners interfere with the warders, and allow Biggs and friend Eric Flower to escape. On 2 July 2009, Biggs was denied parole by Justice Secretary Jack Straw, who considered Biggs to be still "wholly unrepentant",[63][64][page needed] but was released from custody on 6 August, two days before his 80th birthday, on 'compassionate grounds'. It had been bought two months earlier as their hideout. Richardson in turn introduced him to Gordon Goody. After realising the danger in settling near the Wilsons in Montreal, they went to live in Vancouver, and then went to Nice, France. He had to bring in bank clerks to count the damp and musty money to determine the final sum.[107]. [79] Upon their release from prison, both men retired from work. Charlie Wilson – Wilson took up residence outside Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Rigaud Mountain in an upper-middle-class neighbourhood where the large, secluded properties are surrounded by trees. Bruce Reynolds and John Daly picked up cars, one for Jimmy White and the other for Reynolds, Daly, Biggs and the replacement train driver. Having suffered a series of strokes after his release, and unable to speak for the previous three years, Biggs died at the Carlton Court Care home, London on 18 December 2013. Pp 68–84), Gangster's Moll (2001) by Marilyn Wisbey (Chapter 6 The Pubs, Pp 69–71), The Train Robbers (1978), Piers Paul Read, Pp244-245, Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Pressure makes Network Rail change bridge name", "The Great Train Robbers: Who were they? He went to jail for short spells for numerous offences. Smith was the only man not ultimately arrested that was on both the Hatherill list, and Tommy Butler's list. The gang realised the police were using a "dragnet tactic", and with help from the public, would probably discover the farm much sooner than had been originally anticipated. A 16th man, an unnamed retired train driver, was also present.[3]. As a result, the plan for leaving the farm was brought forward to Friday from Sunday (the crime was committed on Thursday). He later moved to Mojacar, southern Spain,[86] where he bought property and a bar and settled down, believing it safer to be out of the United Kingdom. The investigation was detailed in a report by Assistant Controller Richard Yates that was issued in May 1964.[7]. Cordrey was the first of the robbers released, but his share of the theft had almost entirely been recovered by the police. The robbers now had to move the train to Bridego Bridge (now known as Mentmore[8] Bridge), approximately half a mile (800 m) further along the track, where they planned to unload the money. He was rejected by the Royal Navy because of poor eyesight, and then tried to become a foreign correspondent, but his highest achievement in that vein was to become a clerk at the Daily Mail. Two weeks after his escape Wilson was in Paris for plastic surgery. John Denby Wheater (born 17 December 1921,[42] died 18 July 1985[43]) was the employer of Brian Field. [97] He was 26 years old at the time of the robbery. Locomotive English Electric Type 4 – D326 (later 40126) was involved in a number of serious operating incidents. Specialist in Crime (1972), Ernest Millen, Specialist in Crime (1972), Ernest Millen, P.208, CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (, The Train Robbers (Piers Paul Read) (1978), The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read (1976). [28][29] He is survived by his son Nick. cite news| Channel 4 documentary 12 August 2019, The Great Train Robbery – Crime of the Century – the definitive account (2013) by Nick Russell-Pavier, The Great Train Robbery (2008) – Crime Archive Series by Peter Gutteridge, The Train Robbers (1978) by Piers Paul Read (Pp 13–17), The Train Robbers (1978) by Piers Paul Read. [30], John Daly ", "British Transport Police History: The Great Train Robbery", "Fancy the 'Get Out of Jail Free' card from Great Train Robbery gang's Monopoly? Raeburn went on to say that Daly had played the Monopoly game with his brother-in-law Bruce Reynolds earlier in 1963, and that he had gone underground only because he was associated with people publicly sought by the police. Two new films from writer Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) telling the story behind the most infamous heist in British history on its 50th anniversary. William Gerald Boal (22 October 1913 – 26 June 1970), an accomplice after the fact of Roger Cordrey, was convicted as being one of the robbers, despite playing a role no different from the many other accomplices of the various train robbers. [citation needed], In 2019, Pembroke's son, also called Danny, confirmed that his father was present during the raid. That same day, Biggs' memoirs were published in The Sun newspaper. Jul 6, 2014 - In the early hours of 8 August 1963 a London-bound mail train was forcibly stopped at a remote bridge in Buckinghamshire. The robbers removed all but eight of the 128 sacks from the HVP carriage, which they transferred in about 15–20 minutes to the waiting truck by forming a human chain. The last report of him said that he was in a safe house, banged up with two gorgeous girls and enough champagne to sink a battleship. Upon the release of the others in the mid-1970s, "Bill Jennings" got in touch with Buster Edwards and "Frank Monroe" got in touch with the South Coast Raiders. Daly told no one about the robbery as he was told he could face a retrial. Following the deaths of Goody on 29 January 2016,[65] and Tommy Wisbey on 30 December 2016, Bob Welch is the only remaining known member of the gang known still alive. He was arrested in 1983 for drug-related offences (Reynolds denied having any involvement). One of the carriages involved in the robbery is preserved at the Nene Valley Railway. [30], Authorities regarded Douglas Gordon Goody as the mastermind of the operation. Over half of this consisted of the shares of Roger Cordrey (£141,017) and (allegedly) Brian Field (£100,900). The BBC has cast the first installment of its two-part drama The Great Train Robbery with Luke Evans set to play Bruce Reynolds, the mastermind behind Britain's infamous 1963 heist. Movie title: Buster (1988) Movie description: The film tells the story of the Great Train Robbery that took place in 1963 and follows the life of gang member Buster Edwards. This paid off with the arrests of first Wilson, then Reynolds. Millen said in his book Specialist in Crime, "the break-through with the informer came at a moment when I and my colleagues at the Yard were in a state of frustration almost approaching despair". [70] In 1982, he married a younger woman, but the marriage soon broke down. In the mid/late 1970s they worked for the Children's Book Centre (since sold) in Kensington High Street, London. White was a renowned locksmith/thief and had already been on the run for 10 years before the robbery. During his national service in the RAF he was detained for stealing cigarettes. Biggs could not be extradited because there was no extradition treaty between Britain and Brazil, and additionally he became father to a Brazilian son, which afforded him legal immunity. When he returned to South London, he ran a drinking club and became a professional criminal. How did they pull off such an audacious raid? Upon his acquittal and release, and after finding his share of the loot stolen and/or destroyed, Daly gave up his life of crime and went "straight". The robbers who spent much time on the run overseas—Reynolds, Wilson and Edwards—had very little left when finally arrested, having had to spend money avoiding capture and indulging in lavish lifestyles without finding employment. In 1969 he was finally forced to accept compulsory retirement, and later died in 1970, aged 57. For his part, George Hatherill, in his book A Detective's Tale, stated that the motive behind the return of the money was not known for certain. It seems that while he was an older man, he still had to apply for two weeks leave of absence from his job. In 2014, Douglas Goody claimed to journalists that "The Ulsterman" was Patrick McKenna, at the time of the robbery a 43-year-old postal worker living in Salford, Lancashire. Reynolds did not want to go to Australia where Biggs was, and needing money decided to go back to England, settling briefly in Torquay before being captured by Tommy Butler. He admitted to visiting the farm on one occasion with Lennie Field, but said he assumed it was an investment of his brother Alexander Field, whom Brian Field had unsuccessfully defended in a recent court case. The escape was planned by recently released prisoner Paul Seaborne, with the assistance of two other ex-convicts, Ronnie Leslie and Ronnie Black, with support from Biggs's wife, Charmian. See the full list of The Great Train Robbery cast and crew including actors, directors, producers and more. De vluchtende boeven worden te paard achtervolgd. [11][page needed][unreliable source? Pops/Dad a.k.a. He then went to Cheddington railway station, where the train had been taken, and where statements were taken from the driver and postal workers. Brian Field was only reluctantly acquitted of the robbery. [citation needed] By October 1978, day-release ended and he had to report to a parole officer. Danny Pembroke was an ex army man who was a South London taxi driver and a South Coast Raider. Justice Fenton Atkinson concluded that a miscarriage of justice would result if Boal's charges were upheld, given that his age, physique and temperament made him an unlikely train robber. Both said that they had no money left. Throughout his three years on the run with wife Sheree and baby son Stephen, he was taken advantage of or let down by friends and associates. Other associates (including Ronnie Biggs, a man Reynolds had previously met in jail) were added as the organisation evolved. He was released a decade later. Killing Charlie, by Wensley Clarkson (Pp 148–153), Gangster's Moll (2001) by Marilyn Wisbey (Pp 80–81), Gangster's Moll (2001) by Marlyn Wisbey (Chapters 1: Growing Up and 12: Cocaine), Killing Charlie (2004) by Wensley Clarkson (Pp165-166), The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read (Pp239-242), The Train Robbers, by Piers Paul Read (1978), Killing Charlie by Wensley Clarkson (Pp 227 & 244), Crossing the Line — The Autobiography of a Thief, Bruce Reynolds, Page 217, Crossing the Line — The Autobiography of a Thief, Bruce Reynolds, Page 167, The Train Robbers, Piers Paul Read, Pages 269-271, Odd Man Out (1994), Ronnie Biggs, Pages14-16, Odd Man Out (1994), Ronnie Biggs, Pages31-32, The Train Robbers by Piers Paul Read (Pp 235 & 245), No Fixed Address (1971) by Frank Williams (Ch: Where Has All The Money Gone ? His mother died in 1935, and he had trouble living with his father and stepmother, so he often stayed with one or other of his grandmothers. He visited Canada and the US as a lecturer on police matters. Detective Chief Superintendent Ernest Malcolm Fewtrell, head of the Buckinghamshire Crime Investigation Department (CID) was born on 29 September 1909 and died on 28 November 2005, aged 96. De tekst is beschikbaar onder de licentie. On 14 July 1964, the appeals by Roger Cordrey and Bill Boal were allowed, with the convictions for conspiracy to rob quashed, leaving only the receiving charges. The Great Train Robbery is a 1903 American silent short Western film made by Edwin S. Porter for the Edison Manufacturing Company.It follows a gang of outlaws who hold up and rob a steam locomotive at a station in the American West, flee across mountainous terrain, and are finally defeated by a posse of locals. The son stated that Pembroke, whose share of the loot was £150,000 (about £3 million in 2019), died in 2015 aged 79.[87]. Once the robbers had entered the carriage, the staff could put up no effective resistance and there was no police officer or security guard on board to assist them. He soon joined a gang with best friend John Daly (future brother-in-law). This resulted in their sentences being in effect reduced to five years only. [10] It appeared, from interviews with the witnesses, that about 15 hooded men dressed in blue boiler suits had been involved, but little more could be gleaned. The signal had been tampered with by the robbers: they had covered the green light and connected a battery to power the red light. Smith died in 2008. One of the robbers had spent months befriending railway staff and familiarising himself with the layout and operation of trains and carriages. [45][page needed] The farm was deserted but they found the truck used by the robbers, which had been hastily painted yellow, as well as the Land Rovers. Field had arranged with "Mark" to carry out a comprehensive clean-up and set fire to the farm after the robbers had left, even though the robbers had already spent much time wiping the place down to be free of prints. Reynolds later got back together with his wife Angela and son Nicholas. He also never profited from the crime, as Ronnie Biggs never paid him his £20,000 "drink". Reynolds was jailed for three years on several counts of breaking and entering, and upon his release quickly started re-offending. He died in July 1985. Tipped off that Interpol was showing interest, he moved to Melbourne working as a set constructor for Channel 9, later escaping to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after police had discovered his Melbourne address. He died on 17 June 1986 at the age of 87.[103]. 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