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Ronnie Biggs freed

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Gravely ill in a London hospital, Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has been released from prison, a day before his 80th birthday.

His life on the run after escaping from prison in 1964 made him a criminal legend. He spent decades as a fugitive living the high life in Australia, Panama, Venezuela before finally settling in Brazil. He had a son with his Brazilian girl friend and appeared regularly in the British press. He was re-arrested on his return to Britain – he came back for medical treatment – in 2001 and returned to prison. Ronnie Biggs was part of a gang who in 1963 robbed the Glasgow to London mail train, escaping with 2.6 million pounds – a fabulous sum at the time. All of the gang of 15 were caught. Due to his years on the run, Ronnie Biggs is the last to be released.