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'Great Train Robber' Biggs dies aged 84: spokeswoman

LONDON--Ronnie Biggs, the British criminal known for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963, died on Wednesday at the age of 84, his spokeswoman said.

Biggs gained notoriety 50 years ago as one of a gang that stopped a Royal Mail night train and made off with 2.6 million pounds (US$4.2 million), equivalent to about 40 million pounds today.

He became the most famous of the gang after escaping from London's Wandsworth Prison, where he was serving a 30-year prison sentence, by scaling a wall with a rope ladder.

He spent 36 years on the run, mostly living in Brazil. Flaunting his freedom, he once recorded a song “No One is Innocent” with the British punk band the Sex Pistols. Biggs finally surrendered to British police in 2001 and returned to prison but was freed in 2009 on health grounds.

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