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★ Heists UK: Great Train Robbery, 1963

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43,345.  I would like to like to make one thing clear at the very outset and that is, when you speak of a train robbery, this involved no loss of train, merely what I like to call the contents of the train, which were pilfered.  We haven't lost a train since 1946, I believe it was – the year of the great snows when we mislaid a small one.  (Comedy & Heists)  Peter Cook, Beyond the Fringe, sketch ‘The Great Train Robbery’ 1964

 

43,346.  We believe this to be the work of thieves, and I’ll tell you why.  The whole pattern is very reminiscent of past robberies where we have found thieves to be involved.  The tell-tale loss of property – that’s one of the signs we look for.  (Comedy & Heists)  ibid.

 

 

17,976.  The robbery was brilliantly planned and very skilfully executed, and so simple.  In the dead of night one of them climbs the gantry and wires up a cheap battery to the red signal.  Train comes to a halt; they bust into the cab.  (Gangstas & Heists)  Reg Abbiss, BBC News 1961-1973

 

 

17,977.  On 8th August 1963 a gang of London crooks pulled off one of the most daring robberies of the twentieth century ... The target was an ordinary train, but inside the train was £2.6 million in used bank notes.  (Heists & Robbery)  Robberies of the Century

 

17,978.  Reynolds put together a gang that included fifteen robbers and one retired train conductor.  For three months they worked on their Mission Impossible.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

17,979.  Around 3 a.m. on 8th August 1963 Reynolds and his gang put their plan into action.  As well as cutting all the phone wires in the area so that no-one could telephone for help they also rigged several lights on the track so the driver would stop the train.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

17,980.  At the farm-house Reynolds and the gang divvied up the money in equal shares, each of them receiving about £150,000, more than £3,000,000 per person in today’s currency.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

17,981.  The prints were then matched to some of the suspects.  Wanted posters were distributed to newspapers and leads began pouring in.  Over the next few weeks police made several attests.  But where was the stolen money?  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.  

 

17,982.  To date of the £2.6 million stolen by Reynolds and his gang only £300,000 has been recovered.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

 

17,983.  Rough guess, could be a million.  For a bank holiday maybe more.  (Heists & Robbery)  The Great Train Robbery I: A Robber's Tale ***** BBC 2013, tip-off

 

17,984.  Think I'm gonna get meself a nice little club.  Something simple.  Classy.  No riff-raff.  (Heists & Nightclub & Robbery)  ibid.  Tom

 

 

17,985.  Nothing says guilty like a disappearing act.  (Heists & Guilty & Robbery)  The Great Train Robbery II: A Copper's Tale ***** head rozzer

 

17,986.  Remember this: no matter who you are, or how high you go, there's always a wanker boss.  (Heists & Boss & Management)  ibid.  

 

17,987.  What are we here for eh if we don't make our mark ... It’s the buzz.  Building a team.  Finding the job, planning the job.  Carrying it out.  It’s the camaraderie.  Trusting other men with everything you know.  With your life.  (Heists & Life’s Like That & Crime & Solidarity)  ibid.

 

 

17,988.  The decision was made that we should find a place where we could hide out rather than drive back home.  It was seventeen miles as the crow flies.  (Heists & Robbery)  Bruce Reynolds

  

 

17,989.  I wanted to be caught ... So I was taking risks.  (Heists & Robbery)  Bruce Reynolds

 

 

17,990.  Cars, crumpet and crime.  (Heists & Cars & Crime & Robbery)  Bruce Reynolds

 

 

17,991.  This to me was what I’d always been looking for.  El Dorado.  (Heists & El Dorado & Robbery)  Bruce Reynolds

 

 

17,992.  It’s 1963: a summer’s evening in the depths of the English countryside.  They are just about to attempt the biggest robbery of all time.  Bruce Reynolds was the mastermind behind this audacious plan.  A plan so well executed the gang fled with a staggering £2.6 million.  (Heists & Robbery)  The Great Train Robbery

 

17,993.  Bruce knew just the men: Charlie Wilson, 31 years old ... Ronnie Biggs, 34 ... he would supply a much needed driver for the train.  Buster Edwards, 32 ... Jimmy White and John Daley.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

17,994.  6th August 1963: Everything was set.  Months of planning all came down to this one night.  If it went right the fifteen-strong gang would make off with a staggering £2.6 million.  If it went wrong, Bruce’s reputation would have been destroyed.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

17,995.  8th August 1963:  The Robbery.  And now it was time for the biggest job of Bruce’s criminal career.  Everyone knew the drill.  They went in hard, every man armed with a cosh.  It was to prove a mistake.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

17,996.  Little did Bruce know that the driver had also been attacked in the rush.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

17,997.  3:30 The gang had done it.  They had managed to shift over tons of money in half an hour.  But as they drove off with millions of pounds, workers on the rest of the mail train started to realise something was very wrong.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

17,998.  Every gang member had an equal share of the loot.  £150,000.  The equivalent of a staggering £3 million each today.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

17,999.  The rest of the gang had made their escape in the nick of time.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

18,000.  The gang’s hideout had been blown but they had just made their escape, and Bruce was now well away from the scene of the crime plotting his next move.  For the rest of the gang trust wore thin.  The farm that crawled with police was meant to be destroyed.  The solicitor charged an acquaintance with setting the farm alight taking with it every shred of evidence.  But despite being paid thousands of pounds he never did the job.  So the secret hideout had become a treasure trove of clues for the officers.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

18,001.  Bruce had literally been caught with his pants down.  And that was too close for comfort.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.   

 

 

18,002.  And the next thing I knew was a masked man was ploughing up the steps.  I grappled with him.  I almost forced him off the footplate.  But I was struck from behind by another.  (Heists & Robbery)  Jack Mills, August 1963, televised interview

 

 

18,003.  30 Years: All Britain Argues Is This Too Harsh?  (Heists & Robbery)  Daily Sketch headline 17th August 1964

 

 

106,107.  £2,632,000 in used banknotes were stolen: worth about £33 million today.  In just forty minutes the Great Train robbers became both immensely rich and the most wanted men in the world.  Real Crime [with Mark Austin] s1e2: I Was a Great Train Robber, ITV 2001

 

106,108.  ‘I wanted to be one of the big boys.’  ibid.  Bruce Reynolds

 

106,109.  Bruce Reynolds and Gordon Goody knew they had to find a man with the expertise to stop an express train at precisely the right place.  ibid.

 

 

18,004.  The Great Train Robbery in 1963 is for many the most famous heist in British history.  Robbers made off with £2.6 million in used bank notes from the Glasgow to London Royal Mail train.  That’s the equivalent of around £40 million today.  (Heists & Robbery)    Real Crime with Mark Austin: Britain’s Biggest Heist

 

 

18,005.  In the summer of 1963 two gangs of criminals got together to stop the Glasgow to London travelling post office.  They planned to uncouple the carriages carrying high-value packages and transfer the sacks to waiting vehicles.  On the night of 2nd August ... bags filled with bank notes.  (Heists & Robbery)  Great Crimes & Trials: The Great Train Robbery

 

18,006.  Scotland Yard put out an announcement that the police were undertaking a search of every building within a thirty mile radius of the spot.  They were going to investigate every possible hiding place ... The thieves abandoned their hideaway before they had planned to.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

18,007.  The gang had left enough fingerprints and palm prints to go on.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

18,008.  Two days later on 16th August four suitcases contained over $100,000 were found in a Surrey wood.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

 

18,009.  The Prosecution took three weeks to present its two hundred witnesses.  (Heists & Robbery)  ibid.

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