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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.

 

 

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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

18,010.  Then he passed his sentences, and very harsh they were: Bill Boal: twenty-four years in jail later reduced to fourteen years ... Charlie Wilson ... thirty years ... Tommy Wisbey ... 30 years ... Jim Hussey ... 30 years ... Lenny Field 24 years later reduced to five ... Gordon Goody ... 30 years ... John Wheater ... got only three years because of his war records ... Roy James  ... 30 years ... Ronnie Biggs ... 30 years ... Roger Cordrey ... 14 years paroled after seven.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

18,011.  Biggs was followed to Rio by Chief Superintendent Slipper of Scotland Yard.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

18,012.  Under Brazilian law a jubilant Biggs had to be released.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

18,013.  The kidnapping foundered on similar legal grounds, and a black Mariah carried him to freedom.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

 

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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  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?  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.  

 

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

 

 

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

 

17,984.  Think I’m gonna get meself a nice little club.  Something simple.  Classy.  No riff-raff.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.  Tom

 

 

17,985.  Nothing says guilty like a disappearing act.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR & Boss)  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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Life’s Like That & Crime & Solidarity & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.  Bruce Reynolds

 

 

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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  Bruce Reynolds

  

 

17,989.  I wanted to be caught ... So I was taking risks.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  Bruce Reynolds

 

 

17,990.  Cars, crumpet and crime.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)    Bruce Reynolds

 

 

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

 

 

18,070.  This is the story of the crime that helped define the sixties.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR & 1960s)  The Great Train Robbery, ITV 2012

 

18,071.  A violent thuggish act of greed.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

18,072.  South London thieves with day jobs and criminal records.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

18,073.  Mailbags stuffed full of banknotes.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

18,074.  Two and a half tons of money in weight.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

18,075.  Leatherslade Farm.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

18,076.  There was a massive public outcry against the severity of the sentences.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

 

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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  ibid.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

18,001.  Bruce had literally been caught with his pants down.  And that was too close for comfort.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  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.  (Gangs UK: GTR & Heists UK: GTR)  Jack Mills, August 1963, televised interview

 

 

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

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