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Robber Biggs moves to new 'home'

Ronnie Biggs is wheeled from an ambulance as he arrives at the nursing home in Barnet
Ronnie Biggs arrived at the nursing home in an ambulance

Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs has left his hospital bed in Norfolk for a nursing home in London.

Biggs, who was granted compassionate release from his prison sentence last week, is being taken to Barnet by ambulance.

The 80-year-old has been treated for pneumonia at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

His legal adviser, Giovanni Di Stefano, said: "He is just well enough to be moved and that will be his final home."

Biggs was taken to hospital in July from Norwich Prison where he was serving a sentence for his part in the robbery.

'Gravely ill'

Last week, he said he wanted to carry on living "to spite those who want me dead".

He said: "I've got a bit of living to do yet."

Ronnie Biggs
Biggs has suffered several strokes and is fed through a tube

On 7 August, the prison guards watching Biggs were withdrawn from his bedside after his formal release papers were signed.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw said he was releasing Biggs because he was "gravely ill".

Five weeks earlier he rejected a recommendation by the parole board that Biggs be freed, accusing him of being "unrepentant".

Biggs was part of a 15-strong gang which attacked the Glasgow to London mail train at Ledburn, Buckinghamshire in 1963 and made off with £2.6m.

The train's driver, Jack Mills, suffered head injuries during the robbery.



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