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The Great Train Robbery

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The Great Train Robbery

Date and time Click to show or hide the answer
Place Click to show or hide the answer

Amount stolen Click to show or hide the answer
Number of robbers Click to show or hide the answer
Farm where the gang "holed up" for two days and where their fingerprints were found (25 miles from the scene) Click to show or hide the answer
The train was going from Click to show or hide the answer
Driver of the train (died 1970 of leukaemia) Click to show or hide the answer
Co–ordinator of the police investigation Click to show or hide the answer
Sentence given to the robbers (they served half) Click to show or hide the answer
Leader of the gang; escaped to Brazil, but was found five years later Click to show or hide the answer
Escaped to Brazil; returned to Britain 2001 (aged 71) and was recaptured Click to show or hide the answer
Detective Sergeant (of the Metropolitan Police) who found Biggs in Brazil, but failed to extradite him Click to show or hide the answer
Escaped to Canada, living near Montreal, but was recaptured after his wife phoned her parents in England; murdered in Spain in 1990 Click to show or hide the answer
Later jailed for 6 years for shooting his father–in–law and injuring his estranged wife Click to show or hide the answer
Escaped to Mexico, but later gave himself up; found hanged in a lock–up garage near Waterloo station, 29th November 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Admitted, in a 2014 documentary, to being the mastermind behind the robbery; died in 2016 aged 85 Click to show or hide the answer

Other robbers: Tom Wisbey, Jimmy White, John Wheatear, Brian Field, Roger Cordrey, Jimmy Hussey, Robert Welch

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