Train heist Biggs near to death

The People - - News - By HENRY AUSTIN

GREAT Train rob­ber Ron­nie Biggs was feared close to death in jail last night.

Biggs, 77, is in a spe­cially de­signed “nurs­ing home” for el­derly pris­on­ers at Nor­wich jail.

And the prison chap­lain is on standby to ad­min­is­ter the last rites.

He has skin can­cer, heart trou­ble and MRSA.

A fam­ily friend said: “Ron­nie is ready to go free at last. He has put up a brave fight but his health has de­te­ri­o­rated so badly lately that he can’t go on.”

Biggs got 30 years for his part in the £2.6mil­lion mail train rob­beryin 1963.

He es­caped af­ter 15 months and lived in Brazil, where he fa­mously evaded ex­tra­di­tion for 30 years. He re­turned to Bri­tain in 2001 and was re-ar­rested.

THE END: Ron­nie Biggs

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